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Jailed Iranian Journalist In Critical Health

Source: Radio Zamaneh

The Jaras opposition website reports that jailed journalist Keyvan Samimi is in critical health, but prison authorities refuse to transfer him to hospital for the necessary treatment. Jaras reports that Samimi has developed liver complications that could prove fatal.

Keyvan Samimi
Keyvan Samimi

Samimi, director of the currently banned monthly Nameh, is a prominent social activist and a member of the Nationalist-Religious Council, the Association of Free Press, the Council for National Peace and the Committee for the Investigation of Arbitrary Arrests, as well as the Committee for the Defense of the Right to Education.

He was arrested in the post-election crackdown on protesters who disputed Mahmoud Ahmadinejad`s victory in the 2009 presidential elections. Samimi was sentenced to six years in prison and a lifetime ban from political activity for the charge of “propaganda against the regime and assembly and collusion to disturb national security.”

The appellate court confirmed his six-year term but his lifetime ban from political activity was reduced to 15 years.

Mehdi Khazali taken to Evin general ward

Jailed Iranian publisher Mehdi Khazali has been transferred to the general ward 350 of Evin Prison from the security section. Khazali`s son, Saleh Khazali, told the Kaleme opposition website on August 9 that his father has been on a hunger strike for 22 days.

Mehdi Khazali
Mehdi Khazali

Mehdi Khazali, the director of Hayan Publishings, was arrested on July 18, prompting him to declare a hunger strike that he said would last until his death.

Mehdi Kahzali`s son reports that on the day of his arrest, his father was approached by three officials from the Ministry of Intelligence bearing an arrest warrant. He says his father insisted that he had already put up bail for the warrant and refused to accompany the officials. The officials then reportedly forced him into a car and took him away.

Mehdi Khazali's father is Abollghassem Khazali, an ultraconservative cleric and member of the Assembly of Experts, who has disowned his son for his critical views of the government. Mehdi Khazali`s son reports that Abollghassem Khazali is in full agreement with Mehdi's treatment by the authorities.

Mehdi Khazali was previously arrested last September and released about a month later. He was also arrested in June of 2010 and released after a month on bail of $20,000.

In the past two years, Khazali has published several critical notes on his weblog regarding Mahmoud Ahmadinejad and his administration.

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