Sunday, December 12, 2010


Iran: Protests by university students in different cities

On Student Day in Iran, students at Free University of Qazvin staged a demonstration in ’Ghalam’ and ’Sa’at’ squares while chanting ’Death to the dictator’ and ’Allahu Akbar’. The demonstration was supported and welcomed by local residents, especially the employees of government offices near the university. The agents of the Iranian regime’s Ministry of Intelligence and Security (MOIS) attacked the students in order to arrest some of them, but they were faced with the students’ protest and slogans. In Esfahan the students at Esfahan University of Technology clashed with suppressive forces. A female student called Mina Saadat was arrested. Bassij agents who had occupied the university campus since Saturday checked the students’ IDs and questioned them. Also in western city of Yasouj, 20 students were arrested for defending three female students who had been insulted by the regime’s agents under the pretext of mal-veiling.

Iran State TV: Woman Facing Stoning Not Freed From Jail

Fox News reported on December 10 that hopes that a woman who was sentenced to death by stoning in Iran for adultery had been allowed to walk free were dashed Friday when Iran TV said Sakineh Mohammadi Ashtiani had temporarily been allowed to go home only for filming purposes. A German-based campaign group said late Thursday that Mohammadi Ashtiani had been released along with her son and lawyer after photographs of her on home leave appeared in the media. 'Contrary to a vast publicity campaign by Western media that confessed murderer Sakineh Mohammadi Ashtiani has been released, a broadcast production team with the Iran-based Press TV has arranged with Iran’s judicial authorities to follow Ashtiani to her house to produce a visual recount of the crime at the murder scene,' Mohammadi Ashtiani, a 43-year-old mother of two, was sentenced to death by two different courts in the northwestern city of Tabriz in separate trials in 2006. A sentence to hang for her involvement in the murder of her husband was commuted to a 10-year jail term by an appeals court in 2007. But a second sentence to death by stoning on charges of adultery leveled over several relationships, notably with the man convicted of her husband’s murder, was upheld by another appeals court the same year. Sakineh’s current lawyer, Javid Houtan Kian, was arrested in the northwestern city of Tabriz in September along with two Germans journalists who were conducting an interview with her son.

Man sentenced to be blinded with acid by Iranian court

The supreme court of the Iranian regime has upheld a sentence of blinding with acid for a man who blinded his lover’s husband, under the Islamic “eye-for-an-eye” justice code, a government daily said.

EU’s Ashton refused to appear in joint press conference with Jalili after nuclear talks

The European Union’s foreign policy chief refused to attend a joint press conference with the Iranian regime’s envoy after the nuclear talks on Tuesday. An Iranian state-run news agency, Khabar Online, noted Catherine Ashton’s decision and said, “Despite the fact that both sides had decided that upon an agreement among 5+1 countries, Ashton would attend a joint press conference with Saeed Jalili, the Iranian representative in the negotiations, the western side backed out of the decision.” Afterwards, the Iranian regime’s envoy, Saeed Jalili, criticized the EU foreign policy chief’s statement and said it ran counter to the substance of the negotiations.

A 16 year old Iranian boy killed and dumped on the street in Ottawa
Yazdan Ghiasvand Ghiasi, 16 year old student of the Notre Dame Catholic High School was shot and killed on Monday Dec.8, 2010 and his body was dumped on Booth St. at 10:30am in Ottawa. Police said the shooting was not gang related even though Ghiasi was known to the 3 men arrested. The Ottawa police have arrested 3 young men ages 18, 19 and 20 in connection to Ghiasi's death. Friends and family of Yazdan say that he was involved in sport specially tae kwon do. He wanted to pursue a degree in mechanical engineering. According to the local CBC news, Ghiasi's family fled Iran when Yazdan was a todler. A witness said to police that he saw a young man getting into a car. Shortly after he heard a "pop, pop" he saw the door opened and the young man was tossed outside. He tried to stop the car but it sped off. Ghiasi's family burried their son on Thursday at the Beechwood cemetery.
Also a vigil was held at the scene on Thursday night for the victim. Police charged Abdulhamid Wehbe, 20, with second-degree murder and Khaled Wehbe, 19, and Zakaria Dourhnou, 18, were each charged with being an accessory after the fact. The Ottawa police believe there are more people who have vital information about the brazen daylight killing of a 16-year-old Ottawa boy, and investigators are urging them to come forward by calling 613- 236-1222 ext. 5493 or Crime Stoppers at 613-233-8477(TIPS).