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93 Days Since Arrest, Political Prisoner Akbar Amini Still Banned From Visits And Phone Calls

Akbar Amini

After 93 days since the arrest of activist Akbar Amini, his status is unknown and his family has not been permitted to visit him in prison.

A family member of Akbar Amini, who wished to remain anonymous, told HRANA that, “During this period, Akbar was permitted to phone his family only one rime a week after his arrest. Since then no visit or phone calls have been permitted.

Yesterday (Saturday September 6) a family member went to Evin attempting to visit him. He stayed there until about noon time, but was told not to wait because Akbar is not permitted visitors.”

He also said, “We have heard that Akbar is in solitary confinement in Ward 209.”

On February 14 2011, after the now detained Green leaders had called for a mass protest, Amini protested by climbing atop a crane in Tehran holding Green Movement symbols. He was arrested after a few hours and taken to Evin prison. Later he was tried and sentenced to one year imprisonment. He was released after completion of that one year term. After that release, he was arrested and summoned several times more prior to this latest arrest.

Recently Amini received a summons from the Revolutionary Court informing him his 5 years imprisonment sentence (stemming from his arrest at the Writers Association meeting) had been upheld by the Appeals Court causing his 1 year suspended sentence issued previously to also be enforced.

Akbar Amini’s last arrest was on June 7, 2013 in a raid of his home.

Source: HRANA

PS: Jaras site (here) had reported previously that Akbar Amini is under pressure by the interrogators for the purpose of obtaining a false televised confession.

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“My Son Is Under Pressure To Give False Confession” Says Father Of Political Prisoner Pezhman Zafarmand

Political prisoner Pezhman Zafarmand’s father, Hassan Zafarmand, tells the National-Religious website, “A few days ago I was finally able to visit my son for a few minutes in the presence of security guards. He was in a very bad shape, looked very pale, and hardly had the strength to talk.

He said he had been on hunger strike for 45 days. He looked in a terrible shape. He said his hands were feeling numb, and he could barely move them. He said he has been under pressure to give a televised confession.

Pezhman has told them he has not done anything wrong to make a confession about. He told them he has participated in a legal election and was one of the candidates’ campaign activist. It was something that many knew about and was nothing to hide, therefore, what is there for him to make a confession of?”

Pezhman Zafarmand was an activist at Mohamad Reza Aref’s presidential campaign headquarters in East Tehran prior to Aref’s withdrawal from the race. After that, he became an activist in Hassan Rohani’s presidential campaign.

Zafarmand was previously arrested in 2009 and 2010 for participating in the street protests. He was also arrested on October 30, 2012, along with Mehdi Khazali and a number of other activists and journalists, at the Pen Society’s meeting but was released after some time.

Hassan Zafarmand continues, “Pezhman was arrested right after the presidential election. After his arrest, we were unable to find any information about his status. After much follow up, we found out he was incarcerated in Ward 240 of Evin prison.

Pezhman has been arrested several times now. His life has been shattered despite all of his activities being within the frame work of the law, and all public.

He was very upset and said that, every time something happens, they come and arrest him. The first time, he was arrested right after the 2009 presidential election. Then they rearrested him in 2010 and then at the Pen society’s meeting in 2012 and now he is in this condition.”

After Pezhman Zafarmand was arrested at the Pen Society’s meeting, he was tried at Branch 15 of the Revolutionary Court and sentenced to 3 years imprisonment by Judge Salavati.

Mr. Zafarmand, not knowing what his son’s current charges are, said, “I still don’t know what he is being charged with, but he is still going under interrogations and I have no idea why it has taken so long. He was not able to talk about it at our meeting either. I still don’t know why they arrested him.

Is working in a presidential campaign, even for Mr. Rouhani, whose candidacy they had themselves confirmed, a crime?

All of Pezhman’s activities were public and he, along with other activists did a lot of campaigning (for the then candidate Mr. Rouhani). I don’t know why they arrested him?

They know very well that Pezhman has done nothing but to support and work in Mr. Rouhani’s campaign. Is it right for them to confront the youth of this country who do nothing but contribute towards the progress of their country and then try to extract false confessions?”

Mr. Zafarmand continued, “His latest arrest has nothing to do with the sentence they had given him before. None of the authorities give us an answer as to what his charges are and why is he under so much pressure.

Rather than help a young activist build a life, instead they are making his life miserable with this sort of confrontation. We all participated in this revolution and our aim was to build our country, not for some individuals to take control of everything and do what ever they deem right.

What I am saying is that, why do this to my son when he hasn’t done anything wrong? He has the right to a normal life. Release him and use his energy towards advancement of the country. Why should the youth that can serve the people and the country suffer and be imprisoned?

This is not only what I am asking for, but it is what all the other Iranian parents are asking for. These young men and women should not be imprisoned at all, much less being released with broken arms and legs after the imprisonment.

I as a father and as an Iranian citizen, was active in our revolution, and have worked very hard for many years for this country. My goal was for my son to comfortably live in an advanced country, not for him to be arrested & imprisoned for no reason.”

In conclusion Mr. Zafarmand, wishing for the release of all the political prisoners, adds, “Not the United States, not Israel nor any other country cares as much for this country as we the Iranians do. It is Iran and it’s people. We are one big family called Iran. We have to take care of ourselves and build a progressive country.

Every person strives to live a comfortable and honorable life. But not to be humiliated and harassed. These conditions we have now are not what is called living. Death is better than living under these circumstances. Why should we have to suffer and endure so much pain?

When they arrest someone, that person has a father, has a mother, has friends and relatives. Just think, with each arrest they make, how many enemies they do make for themselves.

Instead of promoting friendship and love, with these wrong actions we are promoting hostility and hatred. We are just making more enemies. For God’s sake where are we going?

I hope before it’s too late they release all those they have imprisoned so we can all hand-in-hand protect our country against external enemies and build a better country day by day.”

It should also be noted that another one of those arrested around the presidential election, Akbar Amini, is also under pressure to give a false confession.

Source: National-Religious website


Intensified Pressure On Political Prisoners Pezhman Zafarmand And Akbar Amini To Force Confessions

Father of political prisoner Pezhman Zafarmand said his son contacted the family. He is still in solitary confinement at Ward 240 of Evin prison and is under psychological pressure to extract a false confession. Zafarmand has not been permitted a family visit yet and has only had two phone contacts since his arrest.

According to Zafarmand’s father, in his latest phone conversation, Pezhman was not in a good mental state and was extremely agitated. These intensified pressures are to extract false confessions.

According to Jaras, Akbar Amini is also facing the same situation. Amini was arrested a few days prior to the recent presidential election and Zafarmand was arrested few days after the election.

Amini also continues to be incarcerated in solitary confinement. According to received reports, both Amini and Zafarmand face the same charges and the purpose of the interrogations is to obtain false confessions of contact with hostile foreigners and other false charges. But according to family and friends both Zafarmand and Amini’s activities were limited to the presidential campaign activities.

Pezhman Zafarmand was an activist at Mohamad Reza Aref’s presidential campaign headquarters in East Tehran prior to Aref’s withdrawal from the race. After that, he became an activist in Hassan Rohani’s campaign.

Zafarmand was previously arrested during a raid on the Pen Society meeting, and was released after a one month detention. He was tried and sentenced in Branch 15 of the Revolutionary Court presided by Judge Salavati, and was given a 3 year imprisonment sentence.

Akbar Amini, also arrested during the raid on the Pen Society, was sentenced by Branch 15 of the Revolutionary Court to 5 years imprisonment.

A few days after the presidential election, Amini was re-arrested in a middle of the night raid when the agents broke down the front door and entered his home.

The family of Pezhman Zafarmand did not have any news on his status or detention location for days after his arrest until he was finally permitted to call them from Evin prison.

Source: Jaras

According to HRANA (report) Akbar Amini has yet to be permitted to contact his family since his last arrest.


Political Prisoner Akbar Amini Still Not Permitted To Contact Family 73 Days After Arrest

Albar Amini

Writers Association member, Akbar Amini, was re-arrested June 7, 2013 in a raid of his home. 73 days since his last arrest, Amini has not yet been permitted to contact or have visits with his family and friends.

A source close to Amini’s family has told HRANA that, “Despite more than two months since his illegal arrest, Amini has not had any contact with family or friends, and has been illegally denied the basic rights of prisoners.

His family and friends have no information on his status. All we know is that he is being kept in solitary confinement in Ward 209.

He has recently received notice from the court that his five years imprisonment sentence has been upheld by the Court of Appeals, and that his one year suspended sentence will also now be enforced. Therefore he must now report to Evin for the enforcement of his six year sentence. Apparently, the Judiciary does not know that Akbar is already incarcerated at Ward 209 of Evin prison.”

On February 14 2011, after the now detained Green leaders had called for a mass protest, Amini climbed atop a crane in Tehran holding Green Movement symbols. He was arrested after a few hours and taken to Evin prison. He was later tried and sentenced to one year imprisonment, and was released after completion of that one year term. After that release, he was arrested and summoned several times prior to his latest arrest.

Source: HRANA


Pressuring Political Prisoners To Obtain False Confessions & To Give Mock Interviews Continues

A month after the presidential election, there is still no news from some the people arrested just prior to the election. Meanwhile, reports suggest some of the prisoners are under pressure to give false confessions.

According to the Green Voice of Freedom, Mohsen Rahmani, Akbar Amini, Pezhman Zafarmand and Ahmad Askari are among those arrested days before and after the election.

A number of people were arrested at Hassan Rouhani’s campaign rally at Jamaran. Mohsen Rahmani was among those arrested that night. All were later released on bail except for Mohsen Rahmani, who is incarcerated at Ward 240 of Evin prison and his status is unclear.

Akbar Amini was also arrested a few days before the election by the Intelligence Ministry’s agent. His status also remains unclear.

Although it was expected that, after the presidential election the Intelligence officials might show a more rational behavior, they still refuse to provide any information about the prisoners to their families.

Pezhman Zafarmand and Ahmad Askari were arrested after the presidential election. Pezhman Zafarmand was a campaign activist for Mohamad Reza Aref. After Aref withdrew from the race, Zafarmand went to work for Rouhani’s campaign but was arrested 2 days later. Ahmad Askari was also arrested few days after the election.

All this while, after the election, the jubilant people across the country celebrated on the streets and chanted slogans in support of the detained Green leaders Mir Hossein Mousavi, his wife Zahra Rahnavard and Mehdi Karoubi and asked for their and all political prisoners release.

Amini, Zafarmand, Askari and Rahmani have yet to be permitted to visit with their lawyers or their families.

A number of the people arrested prior to and right after the presidential election were active within a candidate’s campaign framework. Others believed in boycotting the election and had no political activities, thus making the reason for their arrest unclear. They had no affiliation with any political parties or groups inside or outside of the country, and their activities were limited to supporting the rights of the people’s movement.

Source: GVF


Two More Members Of The Association Of Writers Sentenced To Imprisonment

Branch 26 of the Revolutionary Court, presided by Judge Pirabbasi, has sentenced Mohsen Ghashghaei to 2 years imprisonment on charges of assembly and collusion with intent to act against the national security.

Branch 1 of the Revolutionary Court, presided by Judge Ahmadi, has sentenced Mohamad Reza Ahmadi to 3 years imprisonment on the same charges of assembly and collusion with intent to act against the national security.

Mohamad Reza Ahmadi’s 1 year suspended sentence from a previous conviction, now becomes mandatory and will be enforced.

Previously, three members of the Association of Writers were sentenced to imprisonment. Akbar Amini was sentenced to 5 years, and Pezhman Zafarmand and Mohamad Parsi were each sentenced to 3 years imprisonment.

According to reports, the members of the Association of Writers have been under pressure, a number of them have been summoned by the Intelligence Ministry within the last few weeks, and many have received threatening phone calls.

Following a raid on Tuesday, October 30, 2012 on an Association of Writers meeting, seventy Association members were arrested. All except 17 members were released shortly thereafter. Those 17 members, including Dr. Mehdi Khazali, were transferred that night to Evin prison. Two other members, Pezhman Zafarmand and Mehdi Karimi, were later arrested by agents and taken to Evin prison.

Currently Dr. Mehdi Khazali is the only member that remains in Ward 209 of Evin prison, and is still on hunger strike

Source: Jaras


Three Members Of The Writers Association Sentenced To Imprisonment

A total of 11 years imprisonment and a 15 year ban on any political, civil and or online activity has been issued for three members of the Writers Association (Sarai Ahle Ghalam).

Following summons by Branch 15 of the Revolutionary Court, presided by Judge Salavati, three members of the Writers Association were handed sentences as follows:

Akbar Amini – Sentenced to 5 years imprisonment, 4 years on charges of assembly and collusion with the intent to act against the national security, and 1 year for propaganda against the establishment.

As part of his sentence Amini is also banned for 5 years from membership in any political party or group and banned from any online journalistic activities.

Amini was also under a one year suspended sentence from a previous conviction that now has become mandatory and will be enforced.

Pezhman Zafarmand – Sentenced to 3 years imprisonment on charges of assembly and collusion with the intent to act against the national security. Zafarmand is also banned from any political activity or any online journalistic activity for 5 years.

Mohamad Parsi – Sentenced to 3 years imprisonment, 2 years on charges of assembly and collusion with the intent to act against the national security, and 1 year on charges of propaganda against the establishment. Parsi is also placed on a 5 year ban from membership in any political party or group and any online journalistic activity.

About 70 people were arrested during a raid of the Writers Association meeting on October 30, 2012. Many were released shortly after, but 17 members were taken to Evin prison.

Dr. Mehdi Khazali was one of the members arrested that night. Currently he is the only member that is still incarcerated and is on a hunger strike protesting his illegal arrest and detention.

Pressure and threats continue against the members of the Writers Association since the night of the raid on their meeting. Other members have also been summoned by court.

Source: HRANA