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Iran: Presidential candidate's detained campaign workers moved to solitary

Hassan Rohani

An opposition website reports that the detained members of Hassan Rohani's campaign team have been transferred to solitary confinement. Kaleme reports that the detainees are, therefore, in the hands of the Ministry of Intelligence. Hassan Rohani is one of two presidential candidates linked to the reformists.

Young Rohani supporters at his campain rally in Jamaran
Sign reads: "our school friends are in jail"

On Saturday June 1, a number of young Rohani supporters were arrested at a meeting where the former nuclear negotiator was giving a speech.

The Guardian Council disqualified the chief reformist candidate, Ayatollah Hashemi Rafsanjani, from running in the election, and among the eight approved candidates, Hassan Rohani and Mohammadreza Aref are considered to be the only reformists.

There has been some speculation that one of them may withdraw in favour of the other.

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Iran's Security Forces Descend On Presidential Campaign Event, Make Arrests

- A campaign gathering for Iranian presidential hopeful Hassan Rohani was interrupted by security forces, which led to the arrest of some of the candidate's supporters. The Kaleme website reports that Saeedollah Bedashti, the head of Rohani's young supporters, was arrested at the event together with a number of other activists. 6/2/13

Iran: Reformist Candidate Criticizes Last Election, Current Climate

- Iranian presidential candidate Mohammadreza Aref spoke about the 2009 election during a radio program, saying: "In the election of 2009, there were overt violations and inappropriate endorsements." 6/2/13

As Elections Approach, Iran Remains Silent on Arrests of Journalists - Iranian officials should break their silence about the status of Baztab Emrooz's managing editor Ali Ghazali and the news website's founder Foad Sadeghi, both arrested in the last month in relation to their media activities, and ensure they receive due process while in custody, including access to a lawyer, the International Campaign for Human Rights in Iran said today. 5/31/13


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