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12/11/11

Iranian Activist Held Incommunicado

Source: Radio Zamaneh

Iranian political prisoner Mohammad Tavasoli is being held incommunicado at Evin Prison, his family reports.


Mohammad Tavasoli

The Kaleme website reports that Tavasoli's family has written to the head of the judiciary, Ayatollah Larijani, to protest their complete lack of contact with the activist since his arrest more than a month ago.

Tavasoli was arrested on November 2 in connection with a letter to former president Mohammad Khatami signed by 143 Iranian social and political activists.

The letter, a response to Khatami's statement regarding the coming parliamentary elections, said the signatories see no positive prospect that people's votes would be safeguarded or that the elections would be open and transparent.

Tavasoli's family reports that the detained activist has not yet been indicted, and the charges against him are not clear.

In their letter, the Tavasolis also touch on the persecution of their family over the past two years and the arrest of Leila Tavasoli, Mohammad Tavasoli's daughter, along with their son-in-law. The two were arrested in December of 2009 during protests against the controversial re-election of Mahmoud Ahmadinejad, which was challenged by reformists and millions of protesters.

Mohammad Tavasoli was Tehran's first mayor after the Iranian Revolution of 1979. He was previously arrested for two months, also in connection with the 2009 presidential elections.

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