Sunday, August 01, 2010


Iranian regime’s prosecuting attorney said “Jaafar Kazemi will certainly be executed”

Based on reports that have reached “Activists for Human Rights and Democracy in Iran,” Jaafari Dowlatabadi, the chief justice of Tehran, said to Mr. Kazemi’s family that the political prisoner Jaafari Kazemi, one of the witnesses of the massacre of political prisoners in the summer of 1988, would certainly be executed. Jaafar Kazemi is 47 years old and married with two children. He is a lithographer, and he is responsible for the lithography of the academic books and illustrations of Amir Kabir University. Mr. Kazemi is one of the witnesses of the massacre of political prisoners in summer of1988. He was arrested on 27th of Shahrivar (the sixth month of the Iranian calendar) by officials of the ministry of information, and transported to block 209 of Evin Prison, and for 74 days in solitary confinement and was subjected to interrogation and extremely painful psychological and physical torture. The head interrogator of the ministry of information, with the fake name Alavi, subjected him to torture in order to get him to agree to a television interview which he refused.

Canada imposed new sanctions against Iranian regime

According to CTVNews, Canada imposed new sanctions to curtail Iran’s nuclear weapons program by tightening the financial screws on the Iranian regime. Foreign Affairs Minister Lawrence Cannon called a news conference on Monday to make the announcement. Senior officials say cabinet approved the additional sanctions on July 22. Among the measures, Canada will ban any new Canadian investments in Iran’s energy sector and any exports that could in any way assist Iran’s nuclear sector. It also bans Iranian financial institutions from setting up in Canada and forbids Canadian financial institutions from purchasing any Iran debt. One official said the new sanctions 'are meant not just for Iran but as a warning also to other nations with nuclear ambitions.'
These sanctions are similar to a package of measures adopted by the U.S. Congress and European Union.

Canada jailed a man for attempting nuclear exports to Iran

Associated France Press reported on Saturday that a Canadian court on Thursday sentenced a Toronto man to four years and three months prison for attempting to export dual-use nuclear-related items to Iran, in violation of UN resolutions. Mahmoud Yadegari was sentenced in the Ontario Court of Justice to 20 months in jail, as well as the 15.5 months of pre-sentence custody, Canada’s public prosecution service said in a statement. “Because the court granted double credit for pre-sentence custody, this, amounts to a four-year, three-month sentence,” the statement read. Prosecutors were seeking 6.5 years prison for Yadegari, 37, who was born in Iran but has been living in Canada since 1988. On March 4, 2009, Yadegari “attempted to export controlled material to Iran” via Dubai, read the statement. “The goods, known as pressure transducers, are subject to a United Nations embargo on nuclear-related exports to Iran.” The items, it said, “are also on Canada’s Export Control List.” Yadegari was arrested in April 2009 following a two-month investigation carried out jointly with US officials. Yadegari is the first person convicted of violating UN anti-nuclear proliferation resolutions against the Tehran regime, Crown prosecutor Bradley Reitz said earlier.

Iran must end harassment of stoning case lawyer

Amnesty International has urged the Iranian authorities to stop harassing human rights lawyers amid continuing uncertainty over the whereabouts of the defence counsel in a recent controversial stoning case and the arrest of two of his relatives. Mohammad Mostafaei’s whereabouts have been unknown since shortly after he was released from questioning by judicial officials last Saturday. Late that evening, the Iranian authorities detained his wife and brother-in-law, prompting fears that they are being held to put pressure on Mohammed Mostafaei to turn himself in to the authorities, if he is not already being detained. The acclaimed lawyer is defending Sakineh Mohammadi Ashtiani, whose case became the subject of an international outcry when it was reported that she was soon to be executed by stoning. He lives underground at the moment and in a letter has asked the judicial system to release his family members.

Sakineh who is facing stoning, pleads to see her children

Sakineh Mohamadi-Ashtiani who is sentenced to death by stoning for adultery in Iran pleaded to be allowed to hug her children, in a letter attributed to her released by human rights activists in London on Saturday. Sakineh, a 43-year-old mother of two, was given the sentence after being found guilty. It sparked an outcry in Western countries, and was temporarily halted earlier this month by Iranian judiciary chief Sadeq Larijani. ’I’m Sakineh Mohammadi-Ashtiani. From Tabriz Prison I thank all those who are thinking of me,’ said the letter, translated from Farsi into English and released by the International Committee against Stoning. ’I am now quiet and sad because a part of my heart is frozen,’ it said. ’The day I was flogged in front of (my son) Sajjad I was crushed and my dignity and heart were broken. ’The day I was given the stoning sentence, it was as if I fell into a deep hole and I lost consciousness. ’Many nights, before sleeping, I think to myself how can anybody be prepared to throw stones at me; to aim at my face and hands? Why? ’I’m afraid of dying. Help me stay alive and hug my children.’

Mohammadi-Ashtiani was convicted on May 15, 2006 of having an ‘illicit relationship’ with two men, according to her lawyer.

Amnesty said she received 99 lashes as per her sentence but was subsequently accused of ’adultery while being married’ in September 2006 during the trial of a man accused of murdering her husband.