Wednesday, January 09, 2013

Iran: arrests and releases January 9 2013

Kaleme wrote that Human Rights Activists News Agency (HRANA) reported that the member of Iranian reformist party Mojahedin of the Islamic Revolution, Mehdi Tahaghoghi had been arrested to serve his prisonsentence of one year in exile in Khorasan.

Family of Robert Levinson who disappeared in 2007 in Iran published photo's where he was dressed in an orange jumpsuit like a Guantánamo Bay prisoner.
The photo's are made in 2011, just months after the family also received a video that was emailed anonymously.
Levinson(64) is a retired FBI-agent and worked as a private detective. He disappeared on Kish-island where he investigated sigarette smuggling.
RFE/RL interviewed his wife.

48 Iranians held hostage by rebel fighters in Syria since August have been freed said Iranian state-tv.
The report said that they were released in exchange for prisoners held by the Syrian authorities.
Shortly after they were seized, the Free Syrian Army's al-Bara Brigade said it had evidence showing that the Iranians belonged to the Revolutionary Guards and had come to Syria to "serve the regime". Iran said that a number were retired members of the armed forces, but insisted they were pilgrims who had visited a Shia shrine in the south-east of Damascus.
source: BBC

ACLJblog writes that pastor Youcef Nadarkhani Monday has been released in Rasht.
He was arrested on Christmas Day in Iran, the first Christmas he would have been able to spend with his family after his nearly three-year imprisonment.

Iran arrested 10 Indian fishermen after their vessels illegally came into its territorial waters.
Their two boats were Saudi.Iran has around 2,000 kilometres of maritime boundaries with the Arab states on the other side of the Gulf.

Testimony van Eghbal Moradi

Testimony van Behrouz Javid Tehrani


In Iran there are childoffenders, still on death row.

Children are being hanged to death.

A child will be hanged to death.


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