According to Mehr state-run news agency, Nazar-Ali Moradi, 53 years old was hanged in the Khorin Prison in Varamin on Thursday January 5 on charges of carrying narcotics. Five people were hanged in Zanjan on charges of carrying heroin, according to Asre-Iran a stste-run media. In other news a man was hanged in Semnan. The Iranian regime also hanged 5 people in Kerman and 3 people in Kermanshah. According to Harana news agency, On Tuesday, January 3, 2012, twenty two prisoners were hanged in Evin on drug related charges. These prisoners were transferred from Ghezal Hesar Prison on Saturday and Sunday and locked up in solitary confinement in Evin Prison to be prepared for the executions.
Political prisoner denied medical treatment after paralyses with injection
According to Kordpa website, Jan 2nd, a Kurdish political prisoner was paralyzed after receiving an injection in prison. According to reports, 26 year old political prisoner Ali Chak, who is from a village in Sardasht in Western Azarbaijan Province, was transferred to the Mahabad Public Prison infirmary where he received an injection. He became paralyzed in both legs a short time after the injection. This Kurdish political prisoner was once again returned to his cell despite his critical condition and was only transferred to Orumieh Hospital after other political prisoners protested this issue. No measures have reportedly been taken for Ali Chak’s treatment and his condition is deteriorating. Ali Chak has been sentenced to seven years of prison on charges of cooperating with a Kurdish opposition group.
Journalist Fatemeh Kheradmand has been arrested
According to House Rights of Iran, Journalist Fatemeh Kheradmand was arrested last night at her home and transferred to Evin prison. She is the wife of journalist Masoud Lavasani, who was released from Evin prison on September 8th after enduring approximately two years imprisonment. According to Human Rights House of Iran, Iranian security agents, who introduced themselves as judicial agents, searched Kheradmand’s house before arresting her. During the inspection process at her home, the security agents confiscated Kheradmand’s personal items and computer.
Iranian regime sentenced Reza Joshan to another 16 months in prison
Reza Joshan who was arrested during the post-election incidents in 2009 was sentenced to another 16 months of prison. According to reports, the first branch of the Karaj Revolutionary Court sentenced this political prisoner to 16 months of prison on charges of propagating against the government. Reza Joshan who had been recently transferred to cellblock 209 in Evin Prison for fresh interrogations is currently in Rajayi Shahr Prison in Karaj and his sentence has been announced to him. Reza Joshan’s family says that another case has also been opened for him but there is no information on its contents.
EU agrees to embargo on Iranian crude
Reuters reported that the European governments have agreed in principle to ban imports of Iranian oil, EU diplomats said on Wednesday. The prospective embargo by the European Union, along with tough U.S. financial measures signed into law by President Barack Obama on New Year’s Eve, form a concerted Western campaign to hold back Iran’s nuclear program. Tehran threatened last month to shut the Strait of Hormuz – outlet to the Gulf through which 40 percent of traded oil flows – and on Tuesday threatened to take unspecified action if a U.S. aircraft carrier sails through the strait. Britain’s defense minister warned the Iranian regime saying that any measure to block the Strait of Hormuz would be illegal and we are determined to keep the Strait open.