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Prison Leave For Iranian Reformist Politician Mostafa Tajzadeh

Source: Radio Zamaneh

Mostafa Tajzadeh

Mostafa Tajzadeh, member of the reformist organization Islamic Iran Participation Front was released last night from Tehran's Evin prison.

ILNA reports that Tajzadeh was temporarily released until the end of Nowruz holidays. Houshang Babayi told ILNA that his client was released without bail.

Mostafa Tajzadeh was arrested one day after the June presidential elections. "Propaganda against the system, activities against national security, insulting government authorities and possession of classified and confidential documents" are amongst the charges that have been brought against him.

His family reports that he spent several months of his nine month incarceration in solitary confinement and was under pressure to submit to "forced confessions."

Tajzadeh has appeared in two court sessions regarding his case and has refused to defend himself in protest to the legal proceedings against him. The court has not yet issued a sentence for him.

Mostafa Tajzadeh maintains that the judiciary must first address his lawsuit against Ahmad Janati, head of the Guardian Council.

Mostafa Tajzadeh filed a lawsuit against Ahmad Janati for voiding 700 thousand votes of Tehran residents in the sixth parliamentary elections. Tajzadeh served as deputy minister of Iran's Ministry of Interior in the government of Mohammad Khatami.

In the past nine months, in continuation of protests against the re-election of Mahmoud Ahmadinejad which protesters maintain was fraudulent, numerous political and civil activists have been arrested and some have received heavy prison and exile sentences.

At the threshold of Iranian New Year and the arrival of Nowruz, the judiciary has issued temporary releases for some of these detainees.

Iranian student organization urges judiciary to release Zeidabadi

Iranian Student Organization Advar-e Tahkim-e Vahdat called on the Head of Iran's Judiciary, Ayatollah Sadegh Larijani to release Ahmad Zeidabadi, Secretary-General of their organization.

Ahmad Zeidabadi

In their letter they maintain that it is months since the required bail for Ahmad Zeidabadi was posted by his family and yet he remains in prison.

They add that rather than releasing him upon posting the bail, he was transferred to Rejai Prison in Karaj which according to Advar-e Tahkim-e Vahdat is not suitable for political prisoners. The transfer has caused great difficulty for Zeidabadi's family visits since they have to travel between the two cities to accomplish these visits.

Ahmad Zeidabadi was arrested in June of 2009 after the disputed presidential elections in Iran and has been sentenced to six years in prison, five years exile to Gonabad and lifetime ban from political and social activities.

The reformist organization maintains that Zeidabadi's sentence is "unfair and against national legal provisions."

Five thousand protesters have been arrested in the past nine months of protests against the outcome of the disputed presidential elections in June. In recent day, the judiciary has been releasing a number of these detainees on hefty bails.

Reformist websites report that Mehdi Arabshahi, another Tahkim-e Vahdat member was released on a $200,000 bail. He was arrested in December of 2009 and was under pressure to submit to "forced confessions."

Asad Miladi and Bahareh Hedayat, two other members who were arrested around the same time still remain in custody.

Human Rights Reporters Committee also reports that one of their detained members, Saeed Haeri was released on a $100,000 bail.

He was also arrested last December along with his colleagues, Shiva NazarAhari and Kohyar Godarzi who still remain in custody after over 80 days in Evin Prison.

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