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Iran’s „Political Prisoner cleansing“ – Reyhaneh Jabbari’s Execution postponed, Pour Shajari re-arrested, Sadeghi missing in custody, Boroujerdi to be hanged

Prison authorities ordered the crowd to leave and assured Jabbari’s family that she was not to be hanged — a statement the authorities commonly make before an execution so it can be carried out quietly, without incident.

Meanwhile, Ayatollah Boroujerdi has been taken from his prison cell in Evin to be executed and is being held incommunicado at an undisclosed location. Also „missing“ is dissident blogger Mohammad Reza Pour Shajari and prominent student activist Arash Sadeghi, both presumed to have been re-arrested according to friends and family.

The „mainstream media“ and so-called Human Rights Groups have, as usual, remained silent. The regime tells the media that information about „missing“ prisoners is inaccurate in order to prevent publication of the news.

The Iranian killing machine seems to be counting on the reluctance of the U.S. to intervene in any serious way, in order to run its nuclear weapons program to completion.

Iran continues to hide behind the world’s focus on ISIS to accelerate political arrests, executions, „prison cleansing“ and above all, its program to achieve nuclear capability.

Iran seems to be counting on the reluctance of the United States to intervene in any serious way, in order to run its nuclear weapons program to completion.

From left to right: Mohammad Reza Pour Shajari, Arash Sadeghi, Reyhaneh Jabbari, Ayatollah Hossein Kazamani Boroujerdi

Most recently, according to the International Committee Against Execution, Reyhaneh Jabbari, who was transferred to Rajai Shahr Prison to be hanged on Monday September 29, has been returned to her cell in Shahr-Ray Prison. Her execution was halted only to be re-scheduled for Oct 8, 2014.

On September 29, Jabbari was seized by prison guards during her shower, forced to dress and told that she would be hanged in the morning. After the prison staff allowed her to make one last phone call to her mother, she was transferred to Rajai-Shahr prison and placed in solitary confinement to await execution at dawn.

Upon her daughter’s transfer, Jabbari’s mother, Shole Pakravan, rushed to Rajai-Shahr prison with her husband, two daughters and a few friends. In front of the prison a crowd grew quickly to protest Jabbari’s execution. Prison authorities ordered the crowd to leave and assured Jabbari’s family that she was not to be hanged — a statement the authorities commonly make before an execution so it can be carried out quietly, without incident. Shole Pakravan refused to leave the premises until her daughter was transferred unharmed back to her original cell in Shahr-Ray Prison.

Meanwhile, the news spread through social media quickly, among a number of Italian, American and Swedish online news agencies. Additionally, the European Union, United Nations, along with most human rights organizations were alerted to the imminent execution. As a result, her execution was halted — but re-scheduled for Oct 8, 2014. Perhaps the Iranian regime is hoping her case will be overlooked by then amidst headlines dominated by ISIS.

Jabbari was sentenced to death when she was 19 years old for stabbing a man who tried to rape her. Human rights activists have been demanding the reversal of her death sentence and subsequent release from prison, as she acted in self-defense. Islamic law, however, rarely recognizes self-defense, especially in cases of rape. Many women have already been executed for defending themselves; many more await execution.

Meanwhile, Ayatollah Hossein Kazamani Boroujerdi has been taken from his cell in Evin Prison to be executed, and has since been „missing.“ The Iranian regime does not allow the media inside Iran to report on missing prisoners; deeming the information inaccurate and propaganda against the regime.

Also „missing“ is Mohammad Reza Pour Shajari; who was re-arrested a few days, ago according to his daughter. The regime is denying the arrest and any knowledge of Mr. Pour Shajari’s disappearance.

Arash Sadeghi, a prominent political student activist, was arrested a few hours after posting comments on his Facebook page criticizing the regime, according to a source close to Sadeghi who was interviewed by Gatestone Institute and wishes to remain anonymous:

„Yes, they come for him and the rest of us who had been involved in the uprising of 2009. They are arresting everyone… mass arrests inside Iran of anyone who opposes them now or has opposed them in the past. They are counting on ISIS to distract the world from this systematic cleansing… luckily I was not home and was not arrested. We have no idea where Arash is, I just know that they arrested him hours after his Facebook comments… I also fear they are torturing him all over again… he is very frail, only 60 kilos now after what they did to him in prison last time. „

There has been no news of Sadeghi since his arrest on September 6, 2014. Iran is evidently escalating the cleansing of its prisoners — political and non-political alike; many prisoners have apparently been taken to Rajai Shahr prison to await execution.

Meanwhile, the „mainstream media“ and so-called Human Rights groups have, as usual, been silent.

Source: Gatestone Institute

Appendix: Partial List of Political Prisoners in Iran

Source: The Campaign to Free Political Prisoners (CFPPI)

Name Age Prison City Sentence Charges Ailment Arrest Date
Mohammad-Reza Pourshajri 53 Central Prison Karaj 4 years Acting against national security
Insulting Islam
Insulting the Supreme Leader
Diabetes, kidney stones, heart attack, enlarged prostate 2010
Dr. Sayed Madani Central Prison Bandar Abbas 6 years Acting against national security
Civil rights activist
Sociology Research
Gallbladder stones 2011
Dr. Nader Babai Evin, ward 350 Tehran 74 lashes and 6 years suspended sentence Social and civil activist arrested during the 2009 protests for helping his student Omid Dana.
war vet for Iran/Iraq war
2 strokes
internal bleeding
seizures
2012
Vahid Roohbakhsh Evin, ward 350 Tehran 18 months suspended sentence he was arrested during the 2009 protests on charges of protesting/gathering and propagating propaganda against the regime due to severe beatings during torture he has lost 70% of his hearing and needs a hearing aid 2010
Dr. Haani Yazloo 59 Evin, ward 350 Tehran 6 years propaganda against the regime
he was previously arrested and sentenced to 1 year in prison and 15 years in exile
He has had 2 open heart surgeries and suffers from extremely high blood pressure. 2012
Pajman Abdodlhossein Zade Evin, ward 350 Tehran Held for 1 year Green movement activist from 2009 and arrested before and this year again Broken arm during arrest 2012
Mehdi Khodai Evin, ward 350 Tehran 7 years human rights activist
acting against national security
Injured jaw and gums (due to beatings) 2012
Zaniar Moradi Rajai Shahr Karaj Death-hanging enemy of God
alleged killing of the son of an Imam
Broken spine and unbearable pain as result of routine torture, paralysis 2008
Loghman Moradi Rajai Shahr Karaj Death-hanging enemy of God
alleged killing of the son of an Imam
Broken spine and unbearable pain as result of routine torture 2008
Yashar Daralshafa Evin Tehran 5.5 years acting against national security
insulting the President
Problems with spine and disc 2009
Saeed MatinPour 38 Evin Tehran 8 years acting against national security
contacting with foreigners
Extreme back pain and numb legs 1997
Ahmad Doneshpour Evin Tehran Death Supporter of the MEK Crohn’s and intestinal bleeding 2009
Ayatollah Hossein Boroujerdi 54 Evin Tehran One year in Tehran and 10 years exile Accused of acting against national security, holding lectures and public incitement against the regime and Islamic Constitution Due to torture he is suffering from Parkinson’s diseases, heart disease, kidney failure, pulmonary edema, edema of the legs, diabetes, high blood pressure, 90% loss of vision in the right eye and many other ailments 2006
Rasool Badaghi Rajai Shahr Karaj In prison 6 years Teachers Union board member Severe debilitating headaches 2009
Reza Shahabi Evin ward 350 Tehran 4 years prison and 5 years ban on union activities, 70 million Tomans fine Union worker activist member of imprisoned workers union high blood pressure and neck and low back pain 2010
Mohammad Jarahi Tabriz Prison Tabriz 5 years Workers Union member Thyroid gland tumor which has developed to cancer 2011
Mohammad Ali Taheri 54 Evin ward 209 Tehran 7 years prison, 900 million Tomans fine and 64 lashes Apostasy, violating national security establishment of a spiritual center( Erfan-e Halghe) Has been on hunger strike 9 times and has serious infection of the mouth and jaw
Hamid Navid Evin ward 350 Tehran Death Lymphatic cancer
Ali Alaee Evin Tehran 7 years Collaboration with a hostile enemy government Heart disease and spinal cord pain/injury
Mostafa Daneshjoo Evin — intelligence /security section Tehran in prison without sentencing part of the Dervish Gonabadi group Lung disease, difficulty breathing 2011
Reza Entesary Evin Tehran Webmaster, blogger (blog: Majzobane Noor) Injury to left arm 2011
Assadollah Hadi Evin Tehran 5 years Ex-political prisoner in ’80s
acting against national security
Severe heart disease along with problems with the meniscus of the knee 2009
Asghar Ghattan Evin ward 350 Tehran 5.5 years Ex-political prisoner in 80’s
connection to MEK organization
Kidney and heart problems along with prostate issues 2010
Mohmmad Salemi 64 Evin ward 350 Tehran 3 years Ex-political prisoner in 80’s
connection to MEK organization
enemy of God
Heart disease and spinal sciatica and kidney problems 2009
Mohammad Sadigh Kabodavand Evin Tehran 10.5 years establishing a human rights organization and acting against national security Prostate problems 1997
Kamyar Sabeti Evin Tehran 5 years spying Heart disease
Sina Azeemi Evin Tehran 5 years spying Problems breathing/lung issues
Mohsen Daneshpour 67 Evin Tehran Death acting against national security
enemy of God
connection to MEK organization
Heart and prostate disease 2009
Hassan Faraji Evin ward 350 Tehran 7 years spying Heart disease, spinal cord injury, intestinal disease 2009
Alireza Ahmadi 30 Evin ward 350 Tehran Collaborating with enemy Broken legs during interrogation as a result of being kicked 2012
Tasavor Taghipour Evin ward 350 Tehran 7 years member of human rights organization and thus propaganda against the regime Jaw and gum problems 2012
Mohammad Davari 41 Evin ward 350 Tehran 5 years Acting against national security Knee and lower back joint problems along with mouth and teeth injuries 2009
Amir Khoram 51 Evin Tehran 8 years Member of the Freedom Movement – conspiring against national security Jaw and gum injuries 2009
Amir Eslami Evin ward 350 Tehran No sentence arrested in 2011 Member of Darvish Gonabadi and webmaster, blogger (blog: Majzobane Noor) Severe heart and intestinal pain 2011
Rahman Ghahermanpour Evin ward 350 Tehran 3.5 years spying Spinal cord pain, nose, ear and throat issues 2011
Esmael Barzagari Evin ward 350 Tehran No sentence arrested 2011 Acting against national security Gum and jaw issues 2011
Nader Jani Evin ward 350 Tehran 3.5 years Assembly and collusion against national security Spinal cord, heart lung problems 2012
Saeed Mohammad Ebrahimi Evin ward 350 Tehran 5 years insulting the Supreme Leader
Acting against national security
involvement in a soft Coup
Asthma and intestinal issues plus lower back Joint problem – herniated disc 2010
Hamid Reza Moradi Evin ward 209 Tehran No sentence Member of Darvish Gonabadi
acting against national security
spreading lies and propaganda
Spinal stenosis 2011
Hossein Zarrini Evin ward 350 Tehran 4 years Assembly and collusion against national security epilepsy 2010
Behnam Ebrahim Zade Evin ward 350 Tehran 5 years Workers Union Activist Arthritis in the neck and ear, jaw and kidney pain 2010
Saeed Abedeeni Evin ward 350 Tehran 8 years Establishing and running a church from his home Bleeding from stomach and bladder 2012
Farzad Rohi Evin Tehran 3.5 years Propaganda against the regime and insulting Islam Sinusitis 2010
Assadollah Assadi Evin ward 350 Tehran 10 years Collaborating with enemy Lung problems/disease 2010
Gholamreza Hosseini Evin ward 209 Tehran 10 years Collaborating with enemy The destruction of the hip joint, and leg – gum issues 2010
Majid Assadi Evin ward 350 Tehran 4 years Assembly and collusion against national security Anxiety and severe headaches 2008
Nader Karbassi 58 Evin Tehran No sentence Communicating with opposition groups Joint problem – herniated disc 2011
Mohammad Banazade Amir-Kheezi 68 Evin ward 209 Tehran 5 years Communicating with MEK organization History of surgery and has severe bone pain 2010
Mushallah Hatteri 61 Rajai Shahr Karaj 15 years Ex-political prisoner in the 80s
protesting in 2009 demonstrations
Has had heart surgery and suffers from brain hemorrhage 2009
Riazollah Sobhani 68 Rajai Shahr Karaj 4 years Professor of online Baha’i school, member of the Baha’i faith History of heart surgery. arthritis in hands and feet 2011
Jamal Khanjani 80 Evin Tehran 20 years Member of the Baha’i faith
Accused of spying for Israel
Old age 2008
Mohammad Saifzadeh 66 Evin ward 350 Tehran 8 years Establishing human rights organization and acting against the regime Stroke, numbness of hands and feet. Severe chest pains 2011
Farhad Sadaghi 67 Rajai Shahr Karaj 4 years Professor of online Baha’i school and member of Baha’i faith Kidney stones, gall bladder stones and cataracts 2011
Kayvan Samimi 65 Rajai Shahr Karaj 6 years Questioning the 2009 election results and calling the results fraudulent Severe heart disease – joint problems – need for internal operations 2009
Sharokh Tanef 64 Rajai Shahr Karaj 4 years Being a member of the Baha’i faith Joint pain 2008
Karim Ma’rof Aziz 70 Rajai Shahr Karaj Life in prison spying Diabetes – old age 1995
Behrooz Azizi Tavakoli 62 Rajai Shahr Karaj 20 years Member of Baha’i faith
Spying for Israel
Coronary Heart – Arthritis and herniated disc 1997
Fariba Kamal Abadi (female) Evin Tehran 20 years Member of Baha’i faith
Spying for Israel
Osteoporosis 2007
Mahvash Shahriyari (female) Evin Tehran 20 years Member of Baha’i faith
Spying for Israel
Osteoporosis and depression 2008
Hassan Fatali Ashtiani 64 Rajai Shahr Karaj 15 years Communication with MEK organization Joint pain 2007
Kamran Mortezai 61 Rajai Shahr Karaj 5 years Member of Baha’i faith
Spying for Israel
Severe back and knee pain 2011
Amonollah Mostaghim
Rajai Shahr Karaj 5 years Member of Baha’i faith
And a teacher of the faith online
Diabetic, heart disease and history of open heart surgery 2010
Favad Moghadam 62 Rajai Shahr Karaj 5 years Member of Baha’i faith
And a teacher of the faith online
Swelling of the arteries and herniated disc 2011
Adelle Naemi 61 Rajai Shahr Karaj 11 years Member of Baha’i faith
Spying for Israel
Heart disease, diabetic and past gall bladder and intestine surgery 2011
Neymat Rashidi 21 Evin Tehran No sentence Member of the minority group of Kurdistan
communications with opposition groups
Pain from injuries caused by torture 2011
Ali Ma’ezi 59 Central prison Karaj One year in prison – suspended Enemy of God and supporter of MEK organization bladder cancer 2011
Reza Joshan 27 2.5 years in prison and 3 years exile Enemy of God Vision and heart problems and increased blood platelet count 2010
Mijagh Bozdannejad 27 Rajai Shahr Karaj 13 years Communication with MEK
And paying tribute to those executed in 1988
depression 2007
Mohammad Ali Mansouri 53 Rajai Shahr Karaj 18 years Communication with MEK 2007
Saeed Maasoori 48 Gohardasht Karaj Life Communication with MEK Heart disease painful gums,, back pain 2000
Shahram Radmehr Rajai Shahr Karaj 9 years Propaganda against the regime and insulting Islam
Behnoud Gholizadeh Rajai Shahr Karaj 9 years Propaganda against the regime and insulting Islam
Sedigheh Moradi 54 9 years
Motahareh Bahrami 60 Evin Tehran 10 years Enemy of god and connection with MEK 2009
Kobra Bannazadeh Amirkhizi 62 Evin Tehran 5 years Enemy of god and connection with MEK
Peyman KasNezhad Evin Tehran 3 years Connection with Israel
Davoud Asadi 78 Kianoush Sabouri
Omid Shahmoradi Sanandaji Evin Tehran 3 years Acting against national security 2011
Mahdi Sajedifar 35 Evin Tehran Connection with foreign government 2011
Amir Moladoust
Morteza Rahim Tayefeh
Majid Mohammadi Moien Evin Tehran 4 years Connection with foreign government 2012
Afshin Karampour
MohammadHossein Yousefpour Evin Tehran 5.5 years Propaganda against the regime and apostasy 2009
Abdollah Momeni 36 Evin Tehran Propaganda against the regime and apostasy 2009
Alireza Ousivand Karimi
Omid Kokabee 31 Evin Tehran 10 years communicating with a hostile government kidney problems some stomach issues 2011
Zeynab Jalalian 33 Dizel-Abad Kermanshah Life enmity against God (moharebeh) losing eye sight 2007
Hossein ronaghi 28 Evin Tehran 15 years Acting against national security Kidny disease, stomach bleeding, several hunger strikes in prison 2009
Sakhi Rigi Karoon Ahvaz 20 years Acting against national security, Webmaster, blogger, Jondollah supporter Issue with his Thyroid gland
Ebrahim Rigi Karoon Ahvaz 11 years Acting against national security and Jondollah supporter Bladder, Kidney and urine tract
Esmael Vafavi Karoon Ahvaa 25 years Acting against national security and Jondollah supporter Seizures, severe headache and deformed in the region of the scalp due to lashing
Syed Zia Navabi Karoon Ahvaa 10 years Acting against national security, Support for right of education Gum and tooth infection
Majid Doori Karoon Ahvaa 6 years Acting against national security, Support for Right ofEducation Gum and tooth infection
Yousef Fotuhi Karoon Ahvaa 9 years Connection with PEJAK Suspicious painful lump between his shoulder
Kazem Khosh Namak Karoon Ahvaa 10 years Collaborating with enemy Extreme weakness of vision

Moradzadeh: a political prisoner from the 1980s

Arian Moradzadeh–a former political prisoner–was arrested for being a member of a Marxist group in June 1981 in Tabriz, Iran.

He spent more than five months in Tabriz prison, survived an execution purge of political prisoners in 1981 and was released in November 1981.  In this video testimony, Moradzadeh recounts the ill treatment he received from Iranian authorities during those months of imprisonment.

 

NYT| Reading Marx in Tehran

By MANSOUR OSANLOO

IRAN’S presidential election on June 14 will be neither free nor fair. The candidates on the ballot have been preselected in a politically motivated vetting process that has little purpose other than ensuring the election of a compliant president who will be loyal to Iran’s supreme leader, Ayatollah Ali Khamenei. Regardless of the outcome of the vote, the most urgent challenge for both the next president and Ayatollah Khamenei will be to confront a rising tide of discontent resulting from a rapidly deteriorating economic situation.

The outside world is primarily focused on whether the election will signal a shift in the Iranian regime’s stand on the nuclear issue. But for the average Iranian the most important issue is the impact of this election on her pocketbook — especially for the hardworking masses, whose purchasing power has drastically decreased as they struggle to provide the most basic necessities for their families. Lies den Rest dieses Beitrags

Iranian Political Prisoner Mehdi Khazali Released After Weight, Health Plummet

Source: Radio Zamaneh

Iranian political prisoner Mehdi Khazali was released from Evin Prison on the night of Monday June 3. Kaleme reports that Khazali began another hunger strike after Ayatollah Hashemi Rafsanjani, who had been the top reformist candidate seeking the Iranian presidency, was disqualified from the race.


Mehdi Khazali supporters praying for him
 (file photo)

According to the reports, Khazali was in critical condition, with his weight down to 52 kg.

Khazali had ended his previous hunger strike after 140 days at the request of his peers. He had announced that in commendation of Ayatollah Rafsanjani, he would end his hunger strike.

A week later, the Guardian Council announced the list of approved presidential candidates, and it did not include the moderate cleric Ayatollah Rafsanjani. Khazali announced that he would resume his hunger strike.

Mehdi Khazali was arrested last October at a gathering of writers. Khazali, a physician by profession, runs a political commentary blog.

 

Kurdish Former Political Prisoners Intimidated and Harassed in Orumiyeh and Mahabad

Zeinab Bayazidi, a former prisoner of conscience, was released on November 20, 2012, after serving 4.5 years inside the Maragheh Prison. Over the past few days, Bayazidi has received threatening phone calls from individuals with blocked telephone numbers and has been visibly followed by several suspicious vehicles. Pictured: Zeinab Bayazidi and her mother after her release.

Over the past several months, Orumiyeh and Mahabad Intelligence Offices have summoned, detained, and harassed several Kurdish former political prisoners on the pretext of concern over their continued political activities after their release from prison, a local source told the International Campaign for Human Rights in Iran. In most reported cases, security forces have gone to the homes of former political prisoners on several occasions. The forces have searched the homes for several hours without providing any explanation for these actions, detaining the individuals and releasing them later.

According to the source, since the fall of 2010, Revolutionary Guards’ Intelligence Unit forces have thrice detained Shirzad Beigzadeh, a resident of Hoosan village outside the city of Orumiyeh. Each time, they held the former political prisoner who served a year in prison for 24 hours, and also searched his house. Over the past month, the Orumiyeh Intelligence Office has also summoned Beigzadeh to their Information Unit. The former prisoner of conscience was arrested on May 12, 2005, and spent six months inside the Orumiyeh Intelligence Office Detention Center under interrogation and physical and psychological torture, and suffered a broken rib. He was later temporarily released on bail. In 2006, Branch One of Orumiyeh Revolutionary Court sentenced him to four years in prison on charges of cooperating with a Kurdish political party. After his appeal, the Supreme Court reduced his sentence to one year in prison and three years’ suspended prison time.

The source, a human rights activist, told the Campaign that Zeinab Bayazidi, a former prisoner of conscience released on November 20, 2012, after serving 4.5 years at Maragheh Prison, has received threatening phone calls from individuals with blocked telephone numbers and has been visibly followed by several suspicious vehicles. During these phone calls, the anonymous callers have told Bayazidi that they are aware of “her secret activities after her release from prison,” and that they “wouldn’t allow her to continue her activities so easily.” Following the arrests of several Kurdish political and civil activists in Mahabad, pressure and threats have mounted. Previously in 2005, a female Kurdish activist from Mahabad, Serwah Kamkar, was arrested violently at a city square in public by forces from the Mahabad Intelligence Office; she was released several hours later with bruises on her body.

The human rights activist told the Campaign that due to the high sensitivity and the Iranian regime’s security approach to all issues, the Intelligence Office and the Revolutionary Guards’ Intelligence Unit in Kurdish regions of Iran routinely put pressure on former political prisoners and their families through summonses, threats, and prosecution of the individuals, in order to create an atmosphere of fear, aiming to dissuade them from continuing their political activities.

Source: International Campaign for Human Rights in Iran

 

Join United for Iran in a Worldwide Campaign: „Elections Aren’t Free Until We Are All Free“

PLEASE SUPPORT!

 

It’s been four years since the disputed Iranian presidential elections that resulted in massive uprisings and a brutal crackdown including extra-judicial killings, torture, arbitrary arrest, and detention; and infringements of rights to freedom of assembly and expression. Today—in the lead up to the June elections—we are witnessing the largest wave of detention of journalists since 2009. Opposition candidates remain on house arrest, and at least 500 political prisoners remain behind bars. Women and religious minorities are barred from running for president. And yet, Supreme Leader Ali Khameini has said Iran’s elections are “free” and the media „shouldn’t constantly say elections must be free.”

We say that elections are not fair or free until all political prisoners in Iran are free. Elections are not fair or free until every citizen has equal opportunity to engage in the electoral process. Elections are not fair or free as long as the Iranian government vets candidates, restricts activities of political parties and forces votes from citizens. Elections are not fair and free when citizen voices are silenced.

Join us in demanding that Iranian officials allow for the conduct of genuine, democratic elections that uphold internationally accepted standards of “free and fair,” and that the Iranian government:

Release all political prisoners;
End all restrictions on media, free expression, and assembly;
Allow every citizen equal opportunity to engage in the electoral process;
Allow for independent observation of its presidential elections.
Join us in taking up the call that “Elections Aren’t Free Until We Are All Free.”

Email us if you are interested in spearheading or participating in actions around the world in the upcoming months: info@united4iran.org. More information will be coming soon!

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