A political prisoner’s mother and wife died in a car accident

HRANA News Agency – Nahid Rahmani and Ziba Sadegh Zadeh, the mother and wife of the political prisoner, Payman (Amirreza) Arefi died on the way back home from visit, in a car accident.
According to the report of Human Rights Activists News Agency (HRANA), earlier in an interview with HRANA, the mother of Payman Arefi, who resided in Tehran, had stated that she was concerned about this prisoner’s exile to Masjed-Soliman prison.
Payman Arefi was arrested on May 2009, on charge of supporting monarchical society. First he was sentenced to death but the appeal court the sentenced him to 15 years in prison.
This political prisoner, align with his cousin, Arash Rahmani who was executed in 2010, were put to the post-election mass trial court, as a street rioter who was contemplating for armed action against national security and Islamic Republic, while they had been arrested before 2009 election.
Ziba Sadegh Zadeh, herself was arrested with Payman Arefi, and spent some times in ward 209 of Evin prison and had been interrogated. Payman Arefi has announced in a letter from prison that he had confessed against himself to make her wife be released.

Ahmad Karimi, Political Prisoner in a Deteriorating Health Condition

HRANA News Agency – Ahmad Karimi, a political prisoner in exile inside the Gonbad Kavous Prison, has developed acute stomach complications and judicial authorities have set bail of nearly $1 million for his release on medical furlough.
According to a report by Human Rights Activists News Agency (HRANA), Arrested on May 24, 2009, Ahmad Karimi, a carpenter, was first sentenced to death on charges of “membership in ‘the Kingdom Assembly of Iran’ (Anjoman-e Padeshahi Iran),” after he spent 40 days in solitary confinement where he was forced to make fake confessions against himself based on a script handed to him by his interrogators, according to a letter Karimi wrote from prison. Ahmad Karimi was one of some 100 individuals tried in a post-elections group show trial in August 2009. He was first sentenced to death, and later his sentence was reduced to 15 years and three months in prison in exile. Several other individuals, also arrested before the election, were tried along with Ahmad Karimi under similar circumstances, Ali Zamani and Arash Rahmani, were later executed. Like Karimi, Zamani and Rahmani had been arrested before the election, but were forced to make confessions about their part in planning riots during the post-election events.
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