Democratic Republic of Iran جمهوری دموکراتیک ایران

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کروبی به جنتی:اگر من فتنه گرم؛شما شریک دزدان رأی مردم اید /Karroubi: If I’m conspirator;you’re partner of those stole peoples vote


Mehdi Karroubi strongly protested to the false accusations and unjust remarks made by Ahmad Jannati (appointed chairman of the Guardian Council,the body that oversees the elections in Iran) in which he called the leaders of the Green Movement “heads of the conspiracy” and shamelessly accused the Green leaders of receiving money from the United States government to create conspiracy following last year presidential election in Iran! In an open letter Mehdi Karroubi addressed to Ahmad Jannati wrote: “Some have become well-known for their hypocrisy, trickery, sham, killing, abusing religion and deceiving the faith and with no doubt if you are not one of the obvious examples of them, you are indeed someone who made this path clear for them to achieve their goals.” In another part of this letter Mehdi Karroubi wrote: “If I am a conspirator because I object [to the rigged presidential election], then you are a partner of those who stole this nation’s vote and are disloyal to the nation, because the footsteps of your foolish acts are evident in the events that have happened both before and after the [presidential] election and unfortunately in every case you stood against the people and took side with the violent and oppressive movement.”

Full English translation of Mehdi Karroubi’s letter is as follows:

In the name of God,

Ayatollah Ahmad Jannati,
Head of the Guardian Council and Friday Prayer Imam of Tehran Greetings,

According to the news and reports published by some news agencies and news websites, recently you had an extensive political speech at Qom’s Jamkaran Mosque for the celebration of the birthday of Imam Mehdi (Shia’s hidden Imam) and in the worst manner abused the pure and devoted religious gathering of Muslims who had gathered in that place only because of their beliefs to show respect to and ask for help from Imam Mehdi; and by relying on the power and assumed immunity from liability for what you make up, you stated some imaginary unproven and divisive remarks and added fuel of hatred and discord on the fire of difference you have started. Among these repetitive shabby and outdated false allegations and rumors of yours against Imam Khomeini’s friends and the defenders of the people’s fundamental rights and all the noble people and freedom seekers, what was new was that you said: “I (Ahmad Jannati) have acquired a document that [shows] the Americans have paid one billion dollar to the “heads of the conspiracy” (this is the term pro-government propaganda calls the leaders of the Green movement) via Saudi people who are currently agents of the United States in the region’s countries and these Saudis who were speaking on behalf of the United States told [them] if you manage to overthrow the establishment, we will pay you up to another fifty billion dollars; but God put out this “conspiracy” with the hands of his pure believers.”

Mr. Jannati, what you call “conspiracy” was the election that as usual was engineered by you and the intelligence rooms guiding those like you in the Guardian Council and Interior Ministry and etc., such that in an obvious way provides what was favored by those who engineered this election. But despite the expectation and unlike the norm (and God is the best planner) the plan of yours and other power grabbers was not successful and the salty stew you cooked up and was hastily fed to the nation made them angry and [this] interrupted your show election. So you and the other designers and engineers of the election scenario, with disbelief and despite the empty claim of abiding to people’s votes, repressed people’s protest in the most extreme and most brutal way possible. And then in the height of your fear from people’s anger, posed victoriously and to complete your projects staged show trials to silence the remainder of any objective voice and put the silence seal on the land of dead that you had dreamed of in your mind. This method of proving and giving out sentences has unfortunately been the method based on which for years many of the pure children of this nation have been denied their rights such as electing or being elected because their qualifications have also been rejected based on these types of reports.

However after more than a year from what has happened [since the election] you still are having nightmares from what you have done and the response you have received [from the people] and you are constantly trying to find a pretext so that the outcome of the fantasy that you made up and the lies you created would become smooth for you.

Mr. Jannati in the lexicon you created following the presidential elections although you called those “conspirators” who are the majority of the Iranian nation and considered leaders for them, which I bet Mehdi Karroubi is one of them, but in the same lexicon, which fortunately was defined correctly by the nation, also some have become well-known for their hypocrisy, trickery, sham, killing, abusing religion and deceiving the faith and with no doubt if you are not one of the obvious examples of them, you are indeed someone who made this path clear for them to achieve their goals.

If I am a conspirator because I object [to the rigged presidential election], then you are a partner of those who stole this nation’s vote and are disloyal to the nation, because the footsteps of your foolish acts are evident in the events that have happened both before and after the [presidential] election and unfortunately in every case you stood against the people and took side with the violent and oppressive movement. But this time for the false accusations you made against those who you call “the heads of the conspiracy (!!)” claiming that they have received money from Saudis to topple the system first of all I will file charges against you to the Islamic Republic’s judiciary, although I have no hope that it would be processed; and secondly I write this letter so that you realize that I am protesting to your remarks and I ask you here to reveal any reason, document and evidence you have [regarding the false accusation you made], otherwise I will unveil your growing lies and scandals publicly everywhere and by any means possible.

At the end I remind you that you are at the end of the path that is called life and whatever you have done, if has been done for the love of this world and its possessions, then you have definitely achieved it. The ruling in the world if had remained and stayed, would not have reached to people like you and I.

Mr. Jannati, history repeats itself and it is on the politicians to learn from it. You certainly remember that after the uprising of Khordad 15 (June 5, 1963) and the arrest of Imam [Khomeini] and a group of great [religious] scholars and many of the people and the butchering the nation by the government’s soldiers and thugs in various cities, the Shah’s regime announced that they have arrested someone named “Jo Jo”
at Mehrabad airport (Tehran’s international airport at the time) who had brought two million tomans for Imam Khomeini to use for riot against the regime. The planners and scenarist affiliated with the deceased Shah seemed experienced enough that when they created a lie at least make it plausible for some of the people but unfortunately you and your friends or better said your sources, when create a lie, it is implausible and unacceptable. I seek refuge to God from the injustice that the government’s religious instructors and preachers have done and continue to do to the real and oppressed clergymen and the true preachers of Islam and Shia.

You also seek refuge to God and fear for your afterlife. Ask God for forgiveness and ask the great nation of Iran for mercy. There is hope that people and the almighty God may forgive your sins.

So learn a lesson, you insightful ones (from the Holly Quran)

Mehdi Karroubi

Mordad 7, 1389 (July 29, 2010)

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درگیری دیروز هواداران تراکتور با ماموران رژیم /Iran Clashes with Riot forces (Football) Azadi Staduim 27 july 2010

One man has apparently been struck on the head by a guard as fans and guards confront one another.

Also, during the Tractor Sazi vs. Persepolis game, fans started throwing bottles

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New round of oppression has begun in Iran

Roozonline – With the disappearance of one civil and political activist, one lawyer and the arrest of his family members, a new round of oppression has begun in Iran, showcasing the judicial and security officials’ utter disregard for the law. Nationalist-religious activist Hoda Saber has disappeared since Sunday and his wife, Farideh Jamshidi, told Rooz that she had not received a response from any government agency regarding her husband’s fate. Nothing is known of the fate of attorney Mohammad Mostafaei, while his wife and brother-in-law were also arrested on Sunday night.

Under these circumstances, Isa Saharkhiz released an open letter calling for the prosecution of those who ordered and carried out beatings against him during the past year, and Emadeddin Baghi was sentenced to imprisonment for one year and banned from political activism and journalism for five years for his work at the Association for Defense of Prisoners’ Rights.

Yesterday, in an exclusive interview with Rooz, Hoda Saber’s wife, Farideh Jamshidi, said, “We have no news of my husband since he left home at 6 o’clock on Sunday, and we are extremely concerned. No one is providing us with any information either.”

Mrs. Saber adds, “Last week agents went to his office but he wasn’t there and we don’t really know what they wanted. They called earlier and I talked to them. They asked me to tell Mr. Saber to come to the Revolutionary Court and serve his prison sentence issued in 2002. The day after the call, Mr. Sharif, my husband’s attorney, went to court and protested and said that judiciary authorities had to first issue a formal summons. He further said that Mr. Saber was not active during the time in question, and so there was absolutely no reason for his arrest.”

Mohammad Mostafaei’s wife Fereshteh Halimi and his brother-in-law, Farhad Halimi, were arrested around 11 p.m. on Sunday, while no information about Mohammad Mostafaei’s situation has been provided.

According to the Human Rights Reporters Committee, on Saturday Mohammad Mostafei appeared at the justice ministry’s office in the Evin Prison and was interrogated for four hours.

Then, on Sunday night, security agents visited Mohammad Mostafaei’s office with an arrest warrant, but weren’t able to arrest him because he was not present there.

Finally, last night at around 11 p.m., Fereshteh Halimi and her brother Farhad Halimi were arrested near Mohammad Mostafaei’s office and no information has been released about their whereabouts until now.

Emadeddin Baghi was sentenced to imprisonment for one year and banned from political activism and journalism for five years. The conviction relates to the case against him for his work at the Association for Defense of Prisoners’ Rights, and the journalist must await the court’s decision in another case related to his interview with ayatollah Montazeri, which was published on the BBC Farsi network.

Mohammad Reza Jalaeipour, the spokesperson for the Third Wave [a youth organization campaigning for Mohammad Khatami and Mir-Hossein Mousavi] was transferred to a prison in Mashad after spending 40 days in solitary confinement.

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Free Hanieh “Sharareh” Farshi Shotorban

28 year old Hanieh “Sharareh” Farshi Shotorban was arrested on July 18, 2010 in Tabriz. There is no news on her condition and she is not permitted to contact her family.

Security forces in Tabriz entered Sharareh’s home and, after searching the area and confiscating her personal items like her computer and phone, they arrested her at 6:00am on July 18, 2010.

She was taken to a detention centre run by the Tabriz Ministry of Intelligence. Later, she was transferred to Evin prison.

Her charges include “insulting what is sacred” and “having contacts with a foreign entity”. It is believed that her charges are related to her Facebook membership and activities.

Sharareh Farshi Shotorban has no history of political activism.

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ناگفته هایی از هشت سال دفاع مقدس در تازه ترین سخنان میرحسین /Mousavi reveals some untold facts of the eight-year Iran-Iraq war


In his latest remarks, Mir Hossein Mousavi while revealing some untold stories of the eight-year defence era against Iraq’s invasion, warned that if he has to he will reveal more in-depth stories of that time to defend the brave soldiers and leaders who had a great role in defending the country. He also warned that he may have to reveal the reasons behind his resignation from the prime minister post in 1989 so that people understand the problems better

Mir Hossein Mousavi, who was speaking among representatives of some of the political organizations in Karaj (west of Tehran), said: “The presence of political and labour groups as well as extensive social networks are essential for the progress of the country and achieving the nation’s goals.”

An attempt to recreate dictatorship

In his remarks, Mir Hossein Mousavi considered the attempt to eliminated political and labour organizations in order to recreate dictatorship and said: “During the last years of his regime, the second Pahlavi (The Shah, Mohammad Reza Pahlavi, who was overthrown by the Islamic Revolution) also announced that Rastakhiz party (renaissance party) is the only allowed party in the country and we all saw what his fate was.”

In another part of his remarks, Mir Hossein Mousavi, by pointing out the anniversary of Imam Mehdi’s birthday (the last Imam of Shi’a), said: “Some have seriously mixed the celebration of this day and the philosophy of “waiting” (waiting for the resurrection of Imam Mehdi) with political agendas and superstitious. Now there are some internet websites that based on their forecast for the resurrection [of Imam Mehdi] give made-up commentaries on country’s internal and international policies.”

A plan that will turn the philosophy of “waiting” to its own opposite

Now the wisdom behind the cursing and damning of those who set time for the resurrection can be understood

Mir Hossein Mousavi continued: “In these commentaries the presence of the United States is considered as a confrontation with Imam Mehdi and worse than that, dangerous and adventurous policies are recommended to help the resurrection which strengthen this belief that some of the foreign policies that have caused the current critical situation have root in this kind of mentality; and the problem does not even end with the foreign policies. With a mind like this an unordinary sensitivity toward the word progress is formed and this is one of the reasons behind eliminating the planning system and shutting down important councils.”

In explaining the results of this kind of mentality, Mir Hossein Mousavi said: “The result of such approach is that with this belief that in this six month to a year Imam Mehdi will emerge, they shut down Kangan Port and Southern Pars projects. Any planning for water or electricity and in general the economy of the country is halted and instead of creating jobs and trying to invest, the charity-type economy and distributing money among people is substituted and finally the philosophy of “waiting” which has always made the believers and followers of Imam Mehdi put more effort will turn to its own opposite.”

The ruling of injustice is the root of immorality in the society.

By explaining that in this situation we can understand the wisdom behind the cursing and damning of those who set time for the emergence, Mir Hossein Mousavi added: “The ruling of justice and elimination of injustice and oppression from the society is the focus of narratives about the resurrection. What is the root of immoralities in the society is the ruling of injustice and the government’s divergence from justice. Don’t think that you can keep a great number of the nation’s children from intellectuals, academia, teachers, workers, journalists, women and youths in prisons in the name of Islamic government but this injustice and oppression will have no effect on the people’s beliefs.”

A criterion for measuring how close a society is to what would be acceptable to Imam Mehdi
In another part of his remarks, Mir Hossein Mousavi said: “Having justice and avoiding injustice is the important criterion for measuring who close is a society to the kind ready for Imam Mehdi. The more a regime distances itself from justice and commits injustice, oppression and mistreatment of the people the more it distances itself from the kind of society acceptable to Imam Mehdi.”

Mousavi continued: “Ignoring the nation’s right to rule its own fate, disregarding the national covenant and demolishing nation’s rights, shutting down voices and newspapers and turning the national media into an exclusive one, wasting public resources, major economic corruptions and the workers’, farmers’ and employees’ backs being broken under high costs are all of the signs of injustice and oppression and are signs of the society distancing from the Imam Mehdi’s values.”

What happened to the files of major financial corruptions?

Mir Hossein Mousavi continued: “In a society acceptable to Imam Mehdi, they don’t overlook the major thieves to cut the hands of a pity thief.” He continued: “We ask again and we will not get tired of asking that what happened to the files of major financial corruptions that were opened in the parliament which is in-line with the administration and then it was shockingly suddenly silenced.”

The joint effort of Saddam’s allies and the administration to distort the history of the revolution

In another part of his remarks, Mir Hossein Mousavi pointed out the efforts to distort the history and especially the history of the revolution and said: “In this effort not only the foreigners and allies of Saddam are active but also the administration’s agents are as well.”

He pointed out the thick appendices to the government’s newspapers close to the Khordad 22nd (June 12th – the anniversary of last year’s rigged presidential election) and said: “The appendices that were published are good excuses for the Green Movement to, alongside all its activities, faces the history of the last thirty years realistically and study it with its independent investigation.”

I have not yet spoken about the [Iran-Iraq] war ear but apparently there is no other way…

Mir Hossein Mousavi continued: “These days with the excuse of the anniversary of the issue of UN resolution 598 (the resolution that ended the eight year war between Iran and Iraq), which in no previous year they had made a memory of it, clear and planned distortions about the history of the holly defence [against Iraq’s invasion] and the role of the administration at the time (the cabinet of Mir Hossein Mousavi who was the Prime Minister at that time) are fabricated. These days some are claiming that they wanted to conquer Baghdad but the administration at the time prevented them. I have not yet spoken of the first decade after the revolution and have also never intended to speak about it but apparently, if these distortions continue, in order to defend the brave soldiers and leaders who had great roles [in defending the country] I have to tell my untold stories and also tell what was the reason behind my resignation in 1989.”

If you had the control of the government during the war, you would have done the same thing to the country that you did with the money set aside for the poor and orphans in the Foundation for the Underprivileged

Mir Hossein Mouasvi continued: “That former minister who himself knows how he was forced on me and knows better than anyone else how all of the government’s facilities were flooding to the war fronts, now says that if the government’s facilities were at the dispose of the war fronts we would have conquered Baghad. I say that if you, who I don’t know under whose influence made several interviews in a week against the very administration that worked in, had the control of the government, you would have done the same thing to the country that you did with the money set aside for the poor and orphans in the Foundation for the Underprivileged during your time as its head!”

Have you forgotten that four billion out of six billion dollars were spent on the war?

Mousavi continued: “I cannot believe that you have forgotten that four billion dollars out of the six billion dollars of the oil revenue were spent at the war fronts and on the war and the remaining two billions were in fact to protect the county, which those also could be considered at the service of the holy defence. You force me to say that despite the bright outcome of the holy defence, which at the cost of the sacrifice of the blood of many and the devotion of the soldiers ready to die not even a square centimeter of the land of this country was forfeited to the enemy and it was only the second time such success was achieved during all our country’s wars since Fathali Shah until the Islamic Revolution, if there was a stronger link between the administration and the war fronts and the administration was not put aside for the excuse of fear of the leak of the attack and defence plots there would have been better results from the operations. Conquering Iraq by handing the government to a few military commanders was not possible. But rather to achieve the enemy’s certain defeat it was necessary that from the beginning the relation between the administration and the control of the war and military planning had not been cut, which how this relation was cut is another story that maybe I explain in another time.”

Mir Hossein Mousavi emphasized: “After, as this former minister says, the ball was thrown to the administration’s field and the control of “the command headquarter for all forces” was given to the administration, there were great improvements in the war fronts in that small time frame. For different reasons, I only point out that this ball was thrown to the field of the administration at the time that a late Zahir-Nejad in the war support committee used to say the “zipper of the borders were opening up” and Fav and the islands in the Lake Hoor were lost and we were in a situation that in the first meeting of “the central command of all forces” that was held headed by me, both Mr. Rahim Safavi, the acting commander of IRGC [at the time] and Mr. Hasani Sa’di, the commander of the ground forces, in their reports to those present at the meeting told “consider Khuzestan (the vast province located in the south-east of Iran bordering Iraq that house most of Iran’s oil and gas resources) lost” and bitter is the fact that this was happening while our major forces were in an unimportant location of Kurdestan trying to conquer a low profile height called “Shakh Shamran” and the disaster is better revealed [to know] that at least some of the commanders were aware that because of the dry out of the “Darbandi Khan” dam, these forces were at the risk of being trapped by the enemy from behind.”

Don’t give-in to the demands of those who distort the history and play politics with the history

If you respect the blood of martyrs and everyone’s effort in this war…

In continuation of his remarks, Mir Hossein Mousavi pointed out the significant role of the managers in the holy defence and said: “At that time, I accepted the responsibility of heading “the command headquarter for all forces” with the condition that along myself bring some of the brilliant managers and director colleagues to that center.”

He added: “One of the most prominent and most influential of them was Mr. Behzad Nabavi, the senior member of the Mojahedin of Islamic Revolution Organization who we know has what kind of troubles these days (Behzad Nabavi has been illegally detained and imprisoned following the last year’s rigged election along with other reformist figures). The decision that the headquarter alongside the military commanders and these brilliant managers took in those days was a fundamental change in the arrangement of the fronts and it was decided that in the least possible time using all of the country’s facilities, the troops present in Kurdestan get transferred to Khuzestan and with the efforts of the governor of Khuzestan, who was the very same combatant and dear brother of ours Mohsen Mirdamadi (the imprisoned chairman of the Participation Front) and other managers in the province, measures were taken to deal with the imminent attack of the enemy. The prediction of the headquarter was correct and in a short period of time one of the strongest attacks of Saddam occurred and one the most epic battles in the history of the holy defence, which involved the martyrdom of several children of our country took place and the enemy received such a slap in the face that after that could not manage another attack and that all they could do was to support Monafeghin (Mojahedin Khalgh Organization – MKO), which led to that great betrayal against the country with the support of Saddam’s forces, but our people crushed them with their resistance.”

By instating that his intention for telling these memories is only to defend the nameless brave and devoted soldiers, managers, and support teams, Mir Hossein Mousavi continued: “These remarks are to say that if you truly respect the blood of martyrs and the efforts of the support teams and the thorough resistance of all of the nation and the administration during this decisive war and don’t want to depredate the holy defence for yourself, don’t give-in to the demands of those who distort the history and play politics with the history.”

Mousavi added: “In the past two decades, I did not think sufficient of my own direct information from the war and tried to also study the documents, manuscripts and printed analyses. I was always careful not to only look at the official documents which had been prepared under the direction of the commanders but alongside these also use the articles and analyses of all experts including the army, which one of the best analyses was by the intelligent and patriot officer, Sergeant Moeeni Vaziri, which I benefited from it greatly.”

If I have to, I will tell the untold stories of the [Iran-Iraq] war era

Mir Hossein Mousavi continued: “This war has a lot of untold stories and I have not seen that Mr. Hashemi-Rafsanjani (the head of the assembly of experts and the head of the expediency council) as the acting commander-in-chief ever spoke of his troubles harmonizing the army and the IRGC. The troubles that in my view had nothing to do with the body of the IRGC or the army and I witnessed how eroding these troubles were. In my opinion, three years into the war, fundamental mistakes in determining the war strategies were created that sending troops to Kurdestan was one of them and more significant than that was hoping for great classic operation similar to the enemy’s operations that greatly diminished our relative advantage as well as the country’s facilities and for almost five years all of the country’s facilities even to the stage of taking snow ploughs off the roads, all of government’s trucks and even confiscating trucks that belonged to the private sector, as well as all financial-industrial capacities of the country, were used but the result was what we all witnessed.”

At the end of his remarks, Mir Hossein Mousavi said: “The idea that this former minister raised was the remainder of those wishful hopes for the classic war plans and the result of large scale operations to defeat the enemy that was getting just two billion dollars from its Arab neighbours to fight with us and at the end of the war had more than fifty divisions. This kind of view of the war from the very beginning had oppositions among the fighters and as far as I knew and in the communications that the opposing commanders such as the martyr Haaj Davood Karimi had with me, they preferred operations similar to those during the first era of the holy defence and these plans were more in-line with the country’s economic and social abilities and in future if it is needed and I am forced to these discussions I will explain this in more depth.”
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فیلمی از صف هاي طويل پمپ بنزين

موضوع سوخت يكي از موضوعاتي است كه اين روزها ذهن بسياري از مردم را به خود مشغول كرده است. اين روزها شايعاتي بر سر زبانهاست كه قيمت بنزين از ليتري 400تومان در آينده ي نزديك به ليتري 900تومان افزايش ميابد واين موضوع باعث شده ركود …شديدي در بازار خريد و فروش خودرو حاكم شود . يكي از شهروندان به خبرنگارآژانس ايران خبـــــــرگفت : ”با اعلام تحريم ها هر روز شاهد اوج گرفتن قيمتها هستيم , بسياري از بازنشستگان وكارگران واقشار كم در آمد ديگر خريد اقلامي چون گوشت وميوه وحتي لوازم بهداشتي مناسب برايشان به صورت آرزو در آمده ودر ميوه فروشيها منتظر ميوه هاي له شده وگنديده ميشوند تا شايد بتوانند براي اهل خانه حتي براي يك بار در ماه هم كه شده ميوه تهيه كنند, اين در حاليست كه هر سال با گران شدن بنزين همه اقلام موجود در بازار رشد قيمت داشتند وحالا اگر بنزين رشد 500توماني داشته باشد اقلام ديگر آنچنان گران ميشود كه زندگي براي بسياري غير ممكن ميشود. الان در صف هاي شلوغ بنزين لازم نيست كه گوشهايت را تيز كني كه صداي اعتراض مردم را بشنوي , مردم بلند بلند به اين وضعيت اعتراض ميكنند , كاسه صبر مردم هم حد ي دارد . مسئولين ميتوانند داد وهوار راه بياندازند و بگويند كه تحريم ها اثري در عزم ما ندارد , ولي مردم نسبت به اين صف ها وگراني ها ناراضيند

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رهنورد: بخشی از حاکمیت، زنان را تهدید خود می داند / Rahnavard: Part of the government sees women as threat to itself


Zahra Rahnavard in a meeting with a group of political activists by expressing sorrow regarding the current treatment of women in the society said: “A part of the current government sees women as a serious threat to itself; they attack women in the streets, prisons and in their media in different ways; and by repression, torture and character assassination is putting the women under unprecedented pressure. These kinds of treatments have saddened the noble Iranian men and for sure will strengthen their resistance for democracy and freedom; of course the Green Movement also realizes that achieving its high values will not be possible without women’s presence and paying attention to their demands.”

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سحرخیز: به پرونده آمران رسیدگی نکنید، به مراجع بین المللی شکایت می کنم /Isa Saharkhiz threatens to take his case to International Courts


Isa Saharkhiz, imprisoned journalist and an advocate for the freedom of press in Iran, in an open letter to the head of judiciary, which was released on Saturday, warned that if his complaints against some of the Iranian officials are not investigated within a month he will take his case to international courts.

Regarding Mohseni Ezhei’s (the Prosecutor General) role in tortures at the prisons, Isa Saharkhiz writes in his open letter: “He is someone who has personally beaten and bashed detainees while at different posts and Mr. Mohseni Ezhei is the very person that in the post of the deputy of the judiciary in an official session of the committee for control of the media threw a sugar holder at the representative of the country’s editor-in-chiefs, which [hit me and] led to serious bruises on my waist, and then he injured me by biting my shoulder.”

In his open letter, Isa Saharkhiz also makes a complaint against Mahmoud Ahmadinejad and considers him responsible as well.

At the end of his open letter, Isa Saharkhiz makes his case against the supreme leader and writes: “The highest official in the Islamic Republic that has given and continues to give himself the right to interfere in all legislative, executive and judiciary affairs of the country and the heads of branches of the government contrary to the constitution and its spirit, consider his statements and orders conclusive in all affairs, has a decisive and undeniable role and as the result of this position has the responsibility for the actions of the people under his command and the extensive violations.”

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Jailed Journalist Says He Was ‘Dishonored’ In Prison

The family of jailed journalist Abdolreza Tajik has issued an open letter to Iran’s judiciary officials and expressed deep concern over his fate in prison. The family says Tajik, who was arrested 40 days ago, told his sister during a prison visit that he has been “disgraced” in the presence of a deputy prosecutor and an interrogator.

Tajik reportedly refused to explain what he meant by “dishonored.” He just told his sister to tell his lawyer and the state prosecutor about it and added that “they will understand what it means.”

The comments have led to speculation that he might have been sexually abused in prison.

Tajik’s lawyer, Mohammad Sharif, who has not been allowed to meet his client since his arrest, told Radio Farda that whenever talk of being “dishonored” comes up in relation to detainees, physical and sexual assault come to mind.

Sharif expressed serious concern over the situation of Tajik in prison and said that he hopes authorities will allow him and the family to meet Tajik or speak to him by phone.

A number of detainees, including at least one journalst, have claimed that they were raped in prison after their arrest during the Iranian government’s crackdown in reaction to street protests over the reelection of Iranian President Mahmud Ahmadinejad.

Tajik has been arrested twice since the postelection crackdown began and released on bail after being charged with “acting against Iran’s national security.” He was arrested for the first time on June 13 on unknown charges. Since then, he has been allowed to meet with his sister just once.

 Freedom and Democracy for Iran

Filed under: iran election, Iran News, Iranian protests, revolution, ایران iran,

Iranian Student Activist Bahareh Hedayat sentenced to 9 1/2 years in prison

An Iranian appellate court approved the nine and a half year prison sentence for Bahareh Hedayat, executive member of Iranian student organization, Consolidation Bureau today.

In her preliminary court, Bahareh Hedayat was sentenced to five years in prison for “assembly and collusion against the regime”, two years for “insulting the leadership” and another six months for “insulting the president and advertising against the regime.”

She also had a two year suspended prison term from four years ago for organizing a demonstration on June 12.

Hedayat, who is also a member of the One Million Signatures Campaign to change discriminatory laws against Iranian women, was arrested last December and is currently in women’s section of Evin Prison.

In November 2009, Bahareh released a video in commemoration of International Student’s Day in which she addresses the European Students Union.  She tells about the plight of Iranian students whom are fighting for Democracy.  She also speaks about fraud in the election and calls the regime a dictatorship.  She was subsequently arrested a few weeks after this video was released.

Radio Zamaneh, DROI

Filed under: Evin prison, iran election, Iran News, Iranian protests, Iranian University Protests, revolution, ایران iran,

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Brave Women Of Iran

A special note we would like to share with the brave and beautiful women of Iran; You have shown extraordinary courage, passion, pride, humility and humanity in the face of great injustice. The world has taken notice and we are all humbled by your strength and determination. If you are the future, then we all are comforted by how bright it will shine.

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