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The Latest Status of Arrested Civil Activists in Arak

Posted on: 2nd May, 2018
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HRANA News Agency – Since the beginning of public protests in January, a number of civil activists from Shazand and Astaneh, including Kian Sadeghi, Behzad Alibekhashi, Mohammad Najafi, Ali Bagheri and Abbas Safari, have been arrested by security forces. The arrests took place in a special way after they took part in the disclosure of how one of the protesters of the recent events, Vahid Heidari, died in the Arak Basij detention center. So far, two of these detainees have been released on a bail, and the rest of them have been transferred to Arak Prison by completing the interrogation process.

According to the report of Human Rights Activists News Agency in Iran (HRANA), a number of civil activists from Shazand and Astaneh who were arrested in connection with the protests in January, particularly the disclosure of Vahid Heidari’s death in Arak Basij detention center, have been transferred to Prison of Arak, after completing the interrogation process, and are still in a state of uncertainty.

Among the detainees, Kian Sadeghi from Shazand, who was arrested on charges of participating in protests and filming and photographing at the funeral of Mohammad Najafi’s mother, was released on bail, also, Abbas Safari from Astaneh, who was arrested on January 16, was temporarily released on bail, on February 4.

It was reported that Mr. Mohammad Najafi and Ali Bagheri of Shazand were kept in the quarantine of Arak prison without the right to call and visit, and Behzad Alibakhshi, another civil activist from Shazand, was transferred to Ward 8 of this prison.

Behzad Alibakhshi has been transferred to Shazand’s prosecutor’s office without prior notice, and his interim detention has been changed to bail.

Mohammad Najafi was also transferred to the judiciary, which was a short opportunity to meet with his family, although the outcome of the interrogation is still unknown.

Kian Sadeghi has been accused of participating in protests and propaganda against the regime through filming and photographing at the funeral ceremony of Mohammad Najafi’s mother, and the rest have been charged with participating in protests, disrupting public order, disturbing public opinion and spreading lies (in connection with the death of Vahid Heidari), and establishing and membership in an opposition group, and for Mr. Najafi and Bagheri, allegations of interviews with foreign media have also been added to their case.

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