SL pardons, reduces jail terms of 793 prisoners; other crackdown begins...
05 Dec 2009 20:04
Iranian leader pardons or reduce jail terms for over 793 prisoners
Iranian Supreme Leader Ayatollah Ali Khamenei has pardoned or reduced prison terms of 793 prisoners on the eve of a religious festival, Iranian state TV's first network reported on 5 December.
The TV said that Khamenei had agreed with a proposal by the Judiciary Chief Sadegh Larijani on the occasion of Eid al-Ghadir, place where, based on Shia belief, Prophet Muhammad appointed Imam Ali as his successor.
The TV did not mention any names or offenses committed by the prisoners.
'Mourning Mothers' arrested at Tehran protest
Two members of One Million Signatures Campaign Detained in Isfahan
HRI | Dec. 5, 2009
Security forces arrested fifteen women belonging to the Committee of Mourning Mothers in Tehran today, the International Campaign for Human Rights in Iran reported.
Mourning Mothers is formed by women whose children were killed during post-election protests and their supporters. Members of the group include the mothers of Neda Agha-Soltan and Sohrab Aarabi. They have been staging weekly protests at Laleh Park in Tehran, demanding accountability and prosecution of those responsible for murdering their children.
According to eyewitnesses, large numbers of police and plain-clothes agents occupied Laleh Park today, preventing the Mourning Mothers and protestors from entering the park. Anyone who managed to enter the park was arrested. Fifteen mothers were reportedly taken into detention.
Security and intelligence forces have also stepped up persecution and detention of women's rights activists belonging to the One Million Signatures Campaign. Today, intelligence agents detained Hayedeh Tabesh in Isfahan, the website Change for Equality reported.
On 23 November, another member of the One Million Signatures Campaign in Isfahan, Mehrnoosh Etemadi, was arrested at her home. She has been allowed only one visit with her family, during which she told them she is "under pressure." Her lawyer, Mina Jaafari, has not been allowed to meet with her. Her only charge is reportedly "membership in the One Million Signatures Campaign," which is not a recognizable charge under the Iranian laws.
Nabavi back in Evin Prison
Alborz | Dec. 5, 2009
Reformist activist Behzad Nabavi was locked up in section 2A of Evin Prison after the completion of his ten-day release from prison.
The Reformist Emrouz website reported that Nabavi went to branch 15 of the Revolution Court on Saturday morning where he was informed that Judge Abolghasem Salavati, the judge who had granted him the temporary release, was on vacation.
Nabavi then went to see the head of the Tehran Revolution Courts, who told him that because he had violated the terms of his temporary release by meeting with non-family members and discussing non-permitted issues, he must immediately refer himself to Evin Prison.
After the announcement of Nabavi's verdict, he was granted a 10-day break from prison. He was not supposed to conduct interviews or engage in political activities during the break. The Reformist figure refused to agree to those terms.
At approximately 10 am, Nabavi was signed in by Evin authorities and taken to section 2A.
Nabavi underwent a surgical procedure in Tehran on Monday and was still using a catheter. According to his medical records, he is still suffering from heart palpitations and there has been no change in his heart condition. Doctors and the medical examiner have advised against imprisoning him in Evin.
Internet down in Iran ahead of planned protests
AFP | Dec. 5, 2009
Most of the Iranian capital's Internet links with the outside world were down on Saturday, two days ahead of planned demonstrations by opponents of President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad.
Sources close to Iran's technical services told AFP the cut was the result of "a decision by the authorities" rather than a technical breakdown, but telecommunications ministry officials were unavailable for comment.
Iranian opposition groups are preparing to hold fresh demonstrations on Monday, several websites reported, as the nation marks the annual Students Day.
Tehran on December 7 marks the 1953 killing by the shah's security forces of three students, just months after a US-backed coup toppled popular prime minister Mohammad Mossadegh.
IRGC has gift for students on Student Day
Tabnak | Dec. 4, 2009
An Islamic Revolutionary Guard Corp commander said that the organization would take 'cultural measures' against students on 16 Azar (Dec. 7).
When asked about the measures that would be taken against any possible unrest in universities on Student's Day, Brigadier General Ali Fazli told the Islamic Republic News Agency that, "Our measures are cultural ones; we intend to give flowers to students at all universities across Iran, and especially in Tehran."
"The IRGC is responsible for fighting the enemy's soft war and we plan to take students to former battle fields [from the Iraq-Iran war] on the 'Passengers of Light Caravans' so that they can form an understanding of the courageous deeds of our soldiers [during the war]," he said. "Of course we have heard rumors that certain parties intend to incite unrest in universities on Student Day but we believe nothing serious will happen."
"We do not have any assessments about what is being said [will take place on] 16 Azar," he went on to say, "but we have adopted necessary measures."