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Evin prison visits cancelled by Tehran Prosecutor

Source: Radio Zamaneh

Tehran Prosecutor has cancelled all in-person visits with political prisoners. Kaleme website reports that starting this week, Abbas Jafari Dowlatabadi has stopped all in person visits with political prisoners at Evin Prison for an undetermined period.

Detainee families report that they can only contact their kin only by special orders from the Prosecutor by phone or in cabins where there is no possibility of physical contact from behind glass windows.

It appears that these restrictions are aimed at stopping detainee messages and writings from getting out. In the past months, a number of open letters from post-election detainees have been published in the media.

In the past year, over five thousand protesters were arrested by the Islamic Republic to quell the protests against the alleged fraud that gave Mahmoud Ahmadinejad another term at the presidency. The detainees include scores of political, social and human rights activists, as well as journalists and student activists. Many of these prisoners have been sentenced to long prison terms.

In the meantime, arrests continue all across the country. Seven students were recently arrested according to a number of news outlets and their families have been so far unable to secure information about their whereabouts.

Advar News reports that Salman Sima, member of student organization, Adavar Tahkim Vahdat, was arrested on June 12 in course of street unrest on the anniversary of the disputed 2009 presidential elections.

This is second time the student activist has been arrested in the past year. Sima has been sentenced to six years in prison by the preliminary court.

Saeed Fadai Asl and Farnoosh Rezqi, students at Tehran University were also arrested on Saturday in course of student gatherings marking June 12 anniversary.

Human Rights Reporters Committee also reports that Kourosh Jannati, an Allameh Tabtabayi Univeristy student was summoned to the university's security office on Saturday morning and arrested. Intelligence forces also went to his father's home where they searched and confiscated some of his belongings.

Daneshjoo News website also reports that Abtin Pegah and Babak Qiasi, students at Razi University in Kermanshah, were arrested on June 12 and taken to prison with another two unidentified students.

On June 12, marking the anniversary of the election protests that has led to a year of turmoil in the country, scores of protesters were arrested by Islamic Republic security forces.

Tehran Police Commander announced that 91 people were arrested on Saturday but Kaleme website contends that 400 people were taken to Evin Prison on this day.

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