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More Iranian Political Activists Summoned To Intelligence Ministry

Source: RFE/RL

Political activist and journalist Reza Alijani has been summoned to Iran's Intelligence Ministry, the latest activist to receive a summons in recent weeks. Alijani, a member of Iran's Nationalist Religious Activists Council, a reformist group, has been repeatedly threatened with arrest by Intelligence Ministry officials.

Reza Alijani, who was editor in chief of the banned reformist monthly "Iran-e Farda," is a 2001 recipient of the Reporters Without Borders-Fondation de France press freedom prize. He had repeatedly been threatened with arrest.

Alijani, who was editor in chief of the banned reformist monthly "Iran-e Farda," was previously detained in February 2001, 10 months after his magazine was closed down. He was the winner of the 2001 Reporters Without Borders-Fondation de France press freedom prize.

The March 30 report on the opposition Kaleme website is the latest case of political activists being summoned to the Intelligence Ministry.

Ali Mazroui, a senior member of the reformist Islamic Iran Participation Front, told RFE/RL's Radio Farda that almost all members of the central council of his organization and the Islamic Revolution Mujahedin Organization had been summoned during the last week of the Iranian year (March 13-20).

Mazroui, a former member of parliament, added they were interrogated about the statements issued by their organizations in recent months.

Most of the summoned activists were those who were detained during Iran's postelection crackdown, he said.

"The authorities wanted them to give a pledge that they would never have any political activities," Mazroui said.

Mazroui also said such measures show that the rallies staged in February and March in Iran as well as uprisings in the Arab world have alarmed the authorities.

Taghi Rahmani, another member of the Nationalist Religious Activists' Council, was taken into custody on February 10, after opposition leaders Mehdi Karrubi and Mir Hossein Musavi called on people to participate in a rally to support the uprisings in Tunisia and Egypt.

Copyright (c) 2011 RFE/RL, Inc. Reprinted with the permission of Radio Free Europe/Radio Liberty, 1201 Connecticut Ave., N.W. Washington DC 20036.

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