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Iranian journalist's arrest extended despite lack of trial

Source: Radio Zamaneh

The arrest warrant for jailed journalist Saba Azarpeyk has been renewed again for another month despite Azarpeyk's objections and her demand for due process.

Saba Azarpeyk

In a report by the Etemad daily, Mahmoud Alizadeh Tabatabayi, Azarpeyk's lawyer, said the investigation is now complete and his client should be given a chance to face her charges.

Azarpeyk was arrested in June at her workplace after a complete search of her office.

Akram Mohammadi, Azarpeyk's mother, says her daughter was interrogated only during the first month of her arrest, so there is no longer a reason to keep her in custody.

At the time of Azarpeyk's arrest, 147 Iranian journalists issued a statement of protest against her treatment and called for her immediate release.

Azarpeyk was reportedly arrested for her investigations into the mistreatment of prisoners at Evin Prison.

Appeals court to hear case of jailed journalist

The case of jailed journalist Serajeddin Mirdamadi, who was recently sentenced to six years in jail in the preliminary court, has been forwarded to the appeals court.

Serajeddin Mirdamadi

The Shahrvand daily reported on Monday August 18 that Mirdamadi became the subject of judicial prosecution last year upon his return to Iran with his family for the charge of "propaganda against the regime" and he was sentenced by Judge Salavati on July 27 to six years in prison.

Mirdamadi returned to Iran after Hassan Rohani won last year's presidential election with promises of greater political and press freedom.

His arrest has been attributed to the extremist reaction of the Islamic Republic's conservative factions to the progressive policies of the Rohani administration.

Former president Mohammad Khatami has visited the Mirdamadi family and expressed dismay regarding the sentencing of the jailed journalist, saying these actions are not condoned by many people in leadership positions in the Islamic Republic.

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