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  • Family of elderly U.K. man imprisoned in Iran press for his release

    An elderly man from the United Kingdom has been held in Iran’s notorious Evin Prison for the last four years on charges of spying, according to his family, who is pushing for his release based on concern about his age and health. Kamal Foroughi, an engineer by training, was working as a consultant in the capital city of Tehran for the Malaysian national oil and gas company Petronas when Iranian authorities took him into custody in May 2011, taking him from his apartment without any warrant for his arrest, according to his family. "My dad is 76-years-old and gets no...
  • Kerry Calls for Release of Imprisoned Christian Pastor in Iran

    01/30/2013 8:22:58 PM PST · by Olog-hai · 18 replies
    Cybercast News Service ^ | January 30, 2013 | Elizabeth Harrington
    Newly confirmed Secretary of State John Kerry condemned Iran’s “continued violation of the universal right of freedom of religion” and urged the release of an American Christian pastor imprisoned for his religious beliefs. In a written response to Sen. Marco Rubio (R-Fla.) to questions during his confirmation hearing last week obtained by the American Center for Law and Justice (ACLJ), Kerry, a liberal Massachusetts Democrat, said he is “deeply concerned” about Saeed Abedini, who was sentenced to 8 years in prison for his Christian faith on Sunday. … Abedini, 32, who is from Boise, Idaho, has been jailed in Iran...
  • American pastor sentenced to 8 years in Iran (Saeed Abedini)

    01/27/2013 7:47:53 PM PST · by Olog-hai · 19 replies
    Associated Press ^ | Jan. 27, 2013 7:49 PM EST
    An American pastor who has been jailed in Iran since September has been sentenced to eight years in prison, the U.S. State Department said Sunday. Spokesman Darby Holladay said the department is calling on Iran to respect Saeed Abedini’s human rights and release him. Earlier this month, Iran’s semi-official news agency, ISNA, quoted Abedini’s attorney, Nasser Sarbazi, as saying his client stood trial in the Revolutionary Court on charges of attempting to undermine state security by creating a network of Christian churches in private homes. The pastor, who is of Iranian origin but lives in Boise, Idaho, has rejected the...
  • Iran's Imprisoned Student Leaders

    10/18/2010 11:41:37 AM PDT · by nuconvert · 2 replies
    VOA ^ | 10-16-2010
    The university term has started in Iran, but there are many students who will not be in their classes this fall. Instead, many have been banned from attending school for political reasons, and dozens are languishing behind bars. In a morbid joke, Evin prison in Tehran has been called Evin University by some government critics, because of the number of students, as well as journalists and intellectuals, who have been locked up there because of their peaceful expressions of dissent. Human rights organizations have taken up the cause of imprisoned Iranian students. Amnesty International has called on the Iranian authorities...
  • Blogger becomes casualty of (Islamic) Iran cyber-wars

    04/12/2009 10:52:30 PM PDT · by Righting · 4 replies · 522+ views
    ap ^ | ‎Apr 11, 2009‎
    Blogger becomes casualty of Iran cyber-wars The Associated Press - ‎Apr 11, 2009‎ He was Iran's first known casualty in the skirmishes between bloggers challenging the Islamic regime and authorities striking back with the tools they know ...
  • Jailed Iranian Labour Leader Hospitalised

    06/18/2008 6:26:55 PM PDT · by nuconvert · 2 replies · 100+ views
    Th Peninsula/Reuters ^ | June 19, 2008
    <p>A dissident Iranian labour leader who is serving a five-year jail sentence has been hospitalised with a heart problem, a source close to him said yesterday. Mansoor Osanloo, leader of a union grouping bus drivers, was detained in July last year for "distributing statements against the system" and a judiciary official was in October quoted as saying he had been sentenced to jail.</p>
  • Iran opens doors of feared Evin prison

    09/11/2007 9:36:16 PM PDT · by BlackVeil · 2 replies · 160+ views
    Yahoo News Page ^ | 11 Sept 2007 | By ALI AKBAR DAREINI
    TEHRAN, Iran - Iran opened the doors of its most feared prison to journalists Tuesday, allowing them to interview a jailed Iranian-American academic in a move seen as an effort to blunt criticism of the country's human rights record. The rare look inside Evin Prison — where inmates were seen swimming in an open-air pool, cooking meals and studying for university exams — contrasted sharply with tales of harsh treatment from some recently released prisoners. Amnesty International said the tour was not representative of a facility where people have been tortured and political prisoners have been held without charges. Forty...
  • Iran: U.S.-Iranian Scholar Reportedly Sent To Tehran's Evin Prison (Haleh Esfandiari)

    05/10/2007 1:09:09 AM PDT · by HAL9000 · 2 replies · 604+ views
    May 9, 2007 (RFE/RL) -- Iranian officials have jailed a prominent American-Iranian scholar after banning her departure from the country, according to the U.S.-based Woodrow Wilson International Center for Scholars. Haleh Esfandiari, the director of the Middle East program at the Wilson Center in Washington, had undergone periodic interrogations by Iranian intelligence officials for four months before being taken to Tehran's Evin prison on May 8, according to center President and Director Lee Hamilton. Wilson Center Details The Case Iranian officials have not commented on Esfandiari's reported arrest, and it is unclear whether she has been formally charged with...
  • Iran offers rare look inside feared prison (I don't know whether to LOL or add a Barf Alert)

    06/13/2006 6:58:17 PM PDT · by nuconvert · 23 replies · 867+ views
    AP/Yahoo ^ | June 13, 2006
    Iran offers rare look inside feared prison By ALI AKBAR DAREINI, Associated Press Writer Tue Jun 13, 2006 At a cellblock inside Iran's most feared prison, women weave carpets and watch World Cup soccer while their children scamper around at their feet. Inmates take seminars on reading, writing and tailoring suits, and on how to avoid AIDS. Iran opened the doors to its infamous Evin prison Tuesday, offering the international media their first glimpse inside the compound from which stories have emerged of torture, forced confessions and floggings — dating from before the 1979 Islamic revolution up to the present...
  • Police beat and arrest families of Akbar Ganji and Nasser Zarafshan (Iran)

    06/22/2005 6:07:18 AM PDT · by nuconvert · 215+ views
    Payvand ^ | June 17, 2005
    Police beat and arrest families of Akbar Ganji and Nasser Zarafshan June 17, 2005 Police wielding clubs beat family members of journalist Akbar Ganji, including his wife and brother, the journalist Masud Bastiani, and two members of the Association of Iranian writers on 16 June 2005. They had been taking part in a sit-in organised by relatives of prisoners outside Evin Prison, where police the previous day dispersed a group of around 60 people. They were then arrested and held throughout the day at the offices of police intelligence then the Tehran general prosecutor‚s office. Ganji‚s lawyers have not been...
  • Writer, Lawyer Dr. Nasser Zarafshan on the Verge of Death in Prison

    06/21/2005 9:27:18 PM PDT · by nuconvert · 4 replies · 219+ views ^ | June 21, 2005
    Writer, Lawyer Dr. Nasser Zarafshan on the Verge of Death in Prison Prominent Iranian writer and lawyer Nasser Zarafshan who has been on a hunger strike for the past week in Iran’s infamous Evin Prison in Tehran is ill and at the brink of death. Zarafshan who has been in prison for close to four years has vowed to continue his hunger strike until his released despite his kidney stones. On June 18, over 120 International writers from the 71 Congress of International PEN held in Bled Slovenia signed a statement demanding the immediate release of Zarafshan and all other...
  • How Kazemi was Murdered (Canadian photojournalist in Iran)

    05/22/2004 6:37:01 PM PDT · by nuconvert · 5 replies · 212+ views
    Ottawa Citizen ^ | May 22, 2004
    How Kazemi was Murdered May 22, 2004 The Ottawa Citizen Michael Petrou The murder of Canadian photojournalist Zahra Kazemi in Iran has been shrouded in denial and speculation -- until now. In exclusive interviews, other dissidents reveal what happened inside Tehran's notorious Evin prison last June. TEHRAN - Heshmatollah Tabarzadi will never forget Canadian photojournalist Zahra Kazemi screaming in a nearby cell. Mr. Tabarzadi, an Iranian political dissident, was arrested last June on the same day as Ms. Kazemi and, like her, thrown in cellblock 209 of Tehran's Evin prison, where Ms. Kazemi would be detained, interrogated and eventually murdered....
  • UPDATE to CNN Refusing to Tell the Truth About Iran(posted yesterday)

    07/21/2003 6:50:59 PM PDT · by nuconvert · 17 replies · 530+ views
    THIS IS AN UPDATE TO "CNN REFUSING TO TELL THE TRUTH" posted yesterday by freedom44. At 3:40 this afternoon, we were informed that "Hamid" "died of complications as a result of multiple infections, following the brutal surgery performed on him, at the hands of the Regime, in the infamous Evin Prison." Please see yesterday's post for original article and comments.
  • Iran - Canadian journalist 'beaten to death'

    07/16/2003 11:24:30 AM PDT · by HAL9000 · 13 replies · 248+ views
    BBC News ^ | July 16, 2003
    Iran has acknowledged that a Canadian-Iranian photojournalist was beaten to death after her arrest outside a prison in Tehran. Vice President Ali Abtahi said Zahra Kazemi died "of a brain haemorrhage resulting from beatings". Ms Kazemi, 54, was detained on 23 June for taking pictures of Tehran's Evin prison. She was later pronounced dead after falling into a coma But officials in Tehran are still refusing to allow Canada to conduct its own investigation into the photographer's death. "We are knowledgeable enough to examine the body and find out the cause of her death, so we will not allow...