Archiv für den Tag 11. Mai 2011
In an open letter to the Head of the Judiciary and Minister of Intelligence, Seyed Hashem Khastar, retired teacher and prisoner of conscience who has been in prison for close to two years inside Mashad’s Vakilabad Prison without a single day of furlough, described details of his prosecution and imprisonment, including prisoner abuse, unfair trials, and illegal actions by judicial and police authorities. Khastar’s letter demonstrates the unjust treatment of prisoners of conscience by the Ministry of Intelligence and judicial system. Describing his interrogations, Khastar states that security forces asked him questions about his private life, and have been keeping him among thieves and drug addicts. He mentions his six-minute trial that resulted in a sentence of six years in prison. The International Campaign for Human Rights in Iran published the full text of the letter in its Persian blogs. Here are translated excerpts of the letter in English:
A source close to Ayatollah Boroujerdi told the International Campaign for Human Rights in Iran that since March, security forces affiliated with the Islamic Revolutionary Guard Corps (IRGC) have intensified pressure on followers of Ayatollah Boroujerdi in different regions of the country. According to the source, during Iranian New Year holidays in late March, forces stormed the home of Samaneh Khodadi, broke the entrance door to her building and apartment, and performed a body search on her.
Mr. Bo Johannson, a Swedish lawyer, has today taken on the case of Iranian human rights activist, ex-Muslim, and refugee Mohammad Mehdi Maleki. Mehdi is at imminent risk of deportation to Iran, where he will be faced with prosecution by the Islamic Republic, most likely culminating in his death. In this letter, Mr. Johannson argues that newly available information on Mehdi’s case is sufficient to require re-opening and re-examining his case, thus forestalling the scheduled deportation of May 13, 2011. We are grateful for Mr. Johannson’s efforts to support Mehdi in this case. The letter appears in a printable format below via Scribd.