Iran Prisoner Updates: Releases, New Arrests, Medical Neglect, Still No AnswersJuly 22, 2010
In a telephone call from Evin Prison, Fatemeh Kajouri, Behrouz Sadegh Khanjani’s wife, stated that a 20 million Toman(approximately $20,000 USD) bail was set for her. The date to post bail was not stated.
Kajouri was arrested along with four other Christians when security forces raided her home on June 8, 2010. Alireza Seyedi was among the arrested. He is currently detained in ward 209 of Evin prison. His family has expressed great concern.
Visitation Ban for Abolfazl Abedini continues
The deputy warden of Karoon Ahvaz prison denied two more weeks of visitation rights to Abolfazl Abedini, journalist and human rights activist. No reason was provided by the warden as to why Abedini lost his rights. This is the continuation of a visitation ban from last week.
Abedini is serving an 11 year sentence. He suffers from a cardiac disease, but his two requests for prison leave were denied.
Mohammad Sedigh Kaboudvand, imprisoned journalist and human rights activist, in a letter addressed to the Prosecutor describes his physical condition and requests “immediate medical care, transfer to a specialized medical center and medical treatment.”
In the letter, which was published by Kurdistan Human Rights Organization, Kaboudvand states: “Hereby, I, Mohammad Sadigh Kaboudvand, declare that I have been imprisoned for the past 38 months on the charge of the establishment of the NGO entitled Kurdistan Human Rights Organization. Recently I suffered neurological distress –possible an illness- as I went unconscious on July 15, 2010. The general gynecology practitioner at the prison clinic examined me and announced that I went unconscious as a result of severe fluctuations in my blood pressure.”
Kaboudvand is currently detained in ward 350 of Evin prison.
Amnesty International and Reporters Without Borders have recently released statements and voiced concern over the inappropriate physical conditions of prisoners and the lack of medical care provided to them.
Mohsen Abdi, an archeology student at Bou Ali University in Hamadan, was arrested and detained during the Ashura protests. He is currently held in ward 350 of Evin prison.
Judge Moghiseh of branch 28 of the Revolutionary Court sentenced Abdi to a two-year prison term on April 28, 2010. He was granted a prison leave in May 2010. He returned to prison after Judge Moghiseh denied an extension for the prison leave.
Abdi missed his Master’s exam as a result of his detention. Additionally, some of his professors denied him the right to write his exams on his prison leave. There are reports from Evin prison that Abdi is in poor physical condition, but he appears hopeful.
Reports indicate that the Appeals Court of branch 54 of the Revolutionary Court has not reached a decision since the case is under the control of the Ministry of Intelligence in Hamadan.
Ayatollah Hossien Kazemeyni Boroujerdi’s health is at serious risk as he continues to serve his sentence under horrible prison conditions.
Reports from HRANA indicate that prison officials are denying treatment for Boroujerdi who suffers from serious conditions in his eyes and legs. The Boroujerdi family has stated that he is near blind now and he is losing his ability to stand and walk.
Boroujerdi is a cleric opposed to the government. He was sentenced to eleven years and his property was siezed after his
arrest in 2006.
Blogger and human rights activist Hossein Ronaghi-Maleki is still detained in prison while he suffers from heart and kidney problems. Prison authorities have deprived him of medical treatment and have not paid attention to his health condition.
According to a RAHANA reporter, his court hearing will be later in the month but he is in urgent need of medical attention. He has suffered physical injuries due to the psychological and physical torture in prison.
Ronaghi-Maleki went on hunger strike in May 2010 to protest against prison conditions.
Ronaghi- Maleki was detained on December 13, 2009 along with his brother Hassan Ronaghi-Maleki. His brother was never involved in politics but was tortured for one month in prison. His brother was detained in order to put pressure on Hossein. Hassan suffered neck injuries as a result of prison torture.
Nader Karimi-Jouni Transferred to Security Ward for Possible Interrogation
Nader Karimi-Jouni remains in prison after two and a half years. His recent transfer to the security ward indicates that he may be interrogated once again.
According to Kaleme, Karimi-Jouni was Editor-in-Chief of several publications such as Gozaresh, Fekr, Jahan Sanat, and Siyast-e- Rooz. He was first transferred to ward 209 in December 2008.
Karimi-Jouni is a war veteran and in need of medical attention. Branch 28 of the Revolutionary Court sentenced him to ten years in prison for acting against national security, conspiracy, and espionage.
Arsalan Abadi, a Civil Engineering student at Ghazvin University had his sentenced reduced by the Appeals Court from nine and a half years in prison to six years. The original sentence was issued by branch 15 of the Revolutionary Court.
Abadi was arrested and detained during the Ashura protests. He is currently held in ward 250 of Evin prison. He was originally charged with “Moharebeh” (waging war against God) and “Corrupting the Earth”. His charges later changed.
Abadi’s sister and fiancee were also arrested for 30 days to place more pressure on him. Security authorities initially informed Arsalan Abadi’s family that he would receive two years in prison.
Writer and translator Hojatollah Nikooi was detained and taken to an undisclosed location on Sunday by plainclothes agents.
According to HRANA reporters, Hojatollah Nikooi was forced to stop working due to his debates with religious scholars. A friend of the writer stated that he believes Nikooi’s detention is unlawful and a result of his recent writings published online criticising certain religious concepts.
After eight months of persistent follow-ups by the family and lawyers of Dr. Akbar Karami, writer and religious scholar, the Qom Judiciary finally converted his temporary detention warrant to a release-on-bail verdict.
According to a RAHANA reporter, Dr. Akrab Karami was released from Qom central prison on July 21 at 5:00pm. He was greeted by several friends and relatives who congratulated him and praised his resistance during detention.
Dr. Karami lost more than 12 Kilograms of weight during his eight months of detention. In a short speech after his release, Dr. Karami stated that he gained various valuable experiences from prison. He also said being confined was hard due to the intense mental pressures, but mentioned that his best moments in prison were when he could read.
July 21, 2010
Journalist Azam Vismeh was released on a $70,000 USD bail on July 21, 2010. Vismeh was arrested at midnight on June 1, 2010.
Vismeh is a reformist parliamentary correspondent who has worked with several reformist publications including Parleman News, the official news portal of the Imam Path Fraction.
Vismeh was arrested at her house at midnight of 30 June 2010 by security agents carrying an arrest warrant from the Prosecutor office. During her detention in Evin prison, Vismeh was allowed to have only one prison visit with her family.
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