Imprisoned Political Activist Mostafa Tajzadeh Confronts Additional Charges

Mostafa Tajzadeh, a political prisoner currently held in Evin Prison, is facing new legal challenges as he receives a summons related to fresh charges. The accusations include “assembly and collusion against national security” and “propaganda against the regime,” compelling Tajzadeh to attend a court hearing scheduled for March 10.

In response to the summons, Tajzadeh, in an open letter from prison, declared, “As usual, I refused to receive the summons letter. The Judicial authorities can hand me several additional years-long prison terms in absentia, but I will attend neither courthouse nor the court.”

In late February, Tajzadeh was confined to solitary confinement as a punitive measure for his statement advocating the boycott of the parliamentary election and conducting media interviews from prison.

The prominent political activist was apprehended by security forces on July 8, 2022, and subsequently transferred to Ward 2-A in Evin Prison under the control of the Islamic Revolutionary Guard Corps (IRGC). After months of legal uncertainty, Tajzadeh was sentenced to eight years in prison by Branch 15 of the Revolutionary Court of Tehran, presided over by Judge Salavati. The charges included “assembly and collusion against national security,” “disseminating false information,” and “propaganda against the regime,” with five years of the verdict deemed enforceable.

Tajzadeh, who previously served as the deputy interior minister under President Mohammad Khatami, has a history of judicial confrontations and periods of incarceration stemming from his activism.

Former Deputy Interior Minister Mostafa Tajzadeh Arrested

On Friday, July 8, 2022, the IRGC Intelligence agents arrested former deputy interior minister Mostafa Tajzadeh in Tehran.

According to HRANA, the news agency of Human Rights Activists, quoting Mehr News Agency, former deputy interior minister and former political prisoner, Mostafa Tajzadeh was arrested.

According to Mehr News Agency, Tajzadeh is accused of “assembly and collusion to act against national security” and “publishing falsehood to disturb public opinion.” It was further reported that Tajzadeh’s arrest warrant was issued by the judicial authorities.

In the aftermath of the Iranian Green Movement in 2009, Tajzadeh was arrested and sentenced to six years imprisonment on the charges of “assembly and collusion against national security” and “propaganda against the regime.”

During his incarceration, Tajzadeh published an open letter criticizing the Supreme Leader. Consequently, IRGC filed a lawsuit and accused him of “propaganda against the regime” for which his sentence was increased to seven years, most of which was spent in solitary confinement and ended in 2016. 

Mostafa Tajzadeh was the deputy interior minister of President Mohammad Khatami.

Mehdi Tahaghoghi Arrested to Serve One Year in Prison in Exile

HRANA News Agency – Mehdi Tahaghoghi, member of the Iranian reformist party Mojahedin of the Islamic Revolution, was arrested in his home by security forces to serve his one year in prison verdict in exile, yesterday.

According to a report by Human Rights Activists News Agency (HRANA), quoted from Kalame, Mehdi Tahaghoghi, member of the Iranian reformist party Mojahedin of the Islamic Revolution – Official of former president Mohammad Khatami, was arrested by security forces and sent to prison.

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Laid Off Textile Worker Threw Shoes at Ahmadinejad

HRANA News Agency – During a ceremony held to honor Ali Kerdan, Iran’s former Secretary of State, a group of workers from Mazandaran Textile Company interrupted  the gathering before hurling a shoe at President Ahmadinejad.

A laid off worker identified as Rashid Sh. managed to reach the front row and threw a shoe at President Ahmadinejad before shouting in protest against problems faced by Iranian workers.

Rashid Sh. was then wrestled to the ground by security personnel and hauled away.  It has been reported that Rashid Sh. also threw eggs at Iran’s former President Mohammad Khatami while he was in office.

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