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Iranian reformist journalist, activist blogger released after 5 years


Source: Radio Zamaneh

Mehdi Mahmoudian released after five years

Mehdi Mahmoudian, a reformist journalist, was released from Karaj's Rejaishahr Prison at the end of his sentence. Kaleme website reports that Mahmoudian was to be released on August 21 but prison authorities held him longer to make up 12 days of temporary leave granted to him during his imprisonment.

Mehdi Mahmoudian

Mahmoudian,who is a member of the major reformist party the Islamic Iran Participation Front, was one of the chief reporters on the arrest and torture of election protesters of 2009 at Kahrizak Prison.

Mahmoudian was arrested in September of 2009 and sentenced to five years in jail for "assembly and collusion against the regime."

Blogger released after 2009 election protest arrest

Hossein Ronaghi Maleki, the Iranian blogger who was arrested following the 2009 election protests and jailed ever since, has been released. Kaleme reported on Wednesday September 3 that it's unclear whether Ronaghi Maleki's sentence has been rescinded or if this is just a temporary leave.

Hossein Ronaghi Maleki

Hossein Ronaghi Maleki, who ran a blog under the name Babak Khorramdin, was arrested in Eastern Azerbaijan Province in December of 2009 and sentenced to 15 years in prison.

He was one of the 33 prisoners in Ward 350 of Evin Prison who went on a hunger strike to protest the attack on prisoners by security officers last April.

Ronaghi Maleki suffers from serious kidney problems and has gone on several hunger strikes to protest his treatment in prison and the refusal of prison authorities to provide him with adequate medical care.

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