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torsdag 23 maj 2013

Shiva Nazarahari returned to prison

Shiva Nazarahari returned to prison.
 Political Prisoners , Shiva Nazarahari.

Committee of Human Rights Reporters - Shiva Nazarahari, human rights activist, founder and former head of Committee of Human Rights Reporters, returned to Evin prison today May 2, 2013.

According to CHRR, Nazarahari who had not requested prison leave was arbitrarily granted a second furlough on May 1st (mother’s day). She was contacted by personnel from the judicial authority and required to present herself back at Evin prison today.
This member of CHRR was first granted temporary release on March 13 for the Nowruz holidays after enduring 184 days behind bars without furlough. She returned to Evin prison after one month.
On December 20, 2009, Shiva Nazarahri was arrested while she was on a bus with other activists intending to attend the funeral of the late dissident cleric Ayatollah Montazeri. She was handed a 4-year prison sentence and 74 lashes on the charges of “moharebeh” (enmity with God), “propaganda against the regime,” and “illegal gathering with the intent of disturbing national security.” She turned herself in at Evin prison to serve her prison sentence on September 8, 2012.
In the past days, a number of political prisoners who had been on furlough were summoned back to prison. Bahare Hedayat, women’s and student rights activist turned herself in at Evin prison to serve the remaining of her 9.5-year prison sentence. Journalists Masoud Bastani and Bahman Amouie were summoned back to Rajai Shahr prison and ordered to present themselves at the facility tomorrow. Both of their spouses, journalists Mahsa Amrabadi and Jila Baniyaghoub are held behind bars at Evin prison.
Unconfirmed reports indicate that all political prisoners who were on furlough have been summoned to return to prison. Ahmad Zeidabadi and Mehdi Mahmoudian are among those handed a summons by the judiciary with an order to return to prison in the next few days.
Akbar Amini summoned by phone to appear at the Ministry of Intelligence.
Committee of Human Rights Reporters – Akbar Amini, member of Saraye Ahl-e Ghalam (Association of Writers) has been summoned by phone to appear at the offices of the Ministry of Intelligence.
According to CHRR, this Green Movement activist is required to appear at the Intelligence Ministry on Monday May 20th while no reason was given for the summons order.
On April 16th, Judge Salavati presiding over Branch 15 of the Revolutionary Court handed Akbar Amini a 5-year prison sentence; 4 years for “assembly and collusion against national security,” and one year for “propaganda against the regime,” along with a 5-year ban from membership in any political party or group, and activity in any Internet or media outlet. A one-year suspended term from a previous sentencing was also enforced, requiring him to spend a total of 6 years in prison.
Akbar Amini was among a group of writers who were detained on October 30, 2012 when security agents raided a gathering of the Saraye Ahl-e Ghalam (Association of Writers) and arrested around 70 members. Most were later released but 17 members were transferred to Evin prison.
On February 14, 2011 (25 Bahman), when Akbar Amini climbed on top of a crane and waved a green cloth in an act of protest, he was violently arrested by agents of the Intelligence Ministry.

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