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Iran: Students Warn About Karoubi's Safety -- Conspiracy to Eliminate Opposition Leader

By Arash Bahmani, Rooz Online

While in recent days some pro-administration media outlets have released reports about the illness of former Majlis speaker and reformist Mehdi Karoubi, now the secretary general of the Etemad Melli (National Trust) party and one of the two presidential candidates opposing the 2009 election results, university students warned against  government's efforts to eliminate the reformist leader.

Mehdi Karoubi

The Liberal Students and Alumni of Iranian Universities released a statement noting that the Islamic republic was responsible for Karoubi's safety, adding, "We warn against any assassination attempts on the life of sheikh Mehdi Karoubi and, given that he is fully healthy according to his family, regard any hard, fatal and incurable ailment that he may be afflicted with in the coming months to be a conspiracy by coup-perpetrators to eliminate one of the brave and progressive leaders of the Iranian people's green democracy movement.  The coup-perpetrators and their foreign supporters will undoubtedly be held responsible for such an event."

Judge in Asadi's Case on Travel

While five months have passed since the arrest of Milad Asadi, a member of student organization Daftar Tahkim Vahdat's central committee, the fate of the student activist remains unknown.  

Asadi, who has been under arrest since November 30, 2009, spent a long spell in solitary confinement under pressure to dissolve the student body.  

Asadi's trial, which was scheduled for next week, was again delayed after an alleged "holy pilgrimage" by the judge.

Student Activist's Verdict Implemented

At least 8 Chamran University students in Ahwaz who have been barred from continuing their education were barred by the university president from entering the campus area.  

Arrested Student in Critical Condition

In recent days reports surfaced of the critical condition of Shabnam Madadzadeh, former vice president of Daftar Tahkim Vahdat due to inadequate medical treatment in prison.

Student activist Behrouz Alavi described Madadzadeh's condition as critical: "Unfortunately Shabnam is not in a good physical condition.  Two weeks ago she was very weak and fainting when they wrapped her in a blanket and transferred her to the prison clinic."  

Shabnam Madadzadeh was arrested by security agents in early Esfand of 1387 and has been behind bars since.  Her transfer to a ward housing drug abusers, known as the methadone ward, raised an uproar among human rights activists.  

Unable to Post Bond

The family of imprisoned student Mahdieh Golru is unable to post her 700 million Toman bond.  

Golru was arrested along with her husband in November 2009.  Her husband, who has no history of political activism, was released after three months on a 50 million Toman bond (about $50,000), but Mahdieh Golru remains behind bars.  

Golru had previously been sentenced to one year in prison in addition to her new conviction and sentencing to 2 years and 4 months in prison.  She must serve a total of 3 years and 4 months in prison.

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