On Friday Aug. 21, 2015 a big crowd from far and near gathered in Ottawa's Pinecrest cemetery to say goodbye to Rahim Rahimzadeh who resided in Ottawa more than 30 years ago. Rahim was well respected in the community specially for his humble nature. Rahim's dream was for his people to live in a free Iran. Rahim died of Cancer on Monday Aug. 17.
Rest In Peace dear friend
******97,272 people have lost their lives in road accidents in Iran between 2010 to 2014, the regime’s Forensics Organization said in a report on Thursday, August 20th. From 190 countries, Iran is ranked 189th in road accidents. The only country which has it worse than Iran is Sierra Leone.
The average number of road accident deaths (at least 20,000 deaths a year), along with an average of 250,000 people left injured in these incidents equals the number of people killed and injured in a major earthquake, the report says. Furthermore, this number of casualties in the country’s roads each year equal the number of deaths in an all-out war and Iran is suffering 320 billion rials in damages each day (equal to around $9.2 million). The World Bank has classified Iran’s roads being in ‘critical’ conditions. Experts say in 2014 nearly 156,000 road accidents were registered in Iran, while one third ere due to poor road conditions.
According to State-run news agency Mehr, On August 12, 2012, Alireza Vahedi Neekbakht a former Iranian football player was arrested at a night party and transferred to Tehran's notorious Evin prison. He is banned from taking part in football matches. Mr. Neekbakht's family and club officials efforts have been futile to have him released.
22 female right activists presently in Evin prisonThey include: Narges Mohammadi with 6 year sentence, Maryam Akbari Monfared (15 years), Sedigheh Moradi (10 years), Rayhaneh Haj Ebrahim (15 years), Behnaz Zakeri (10 years), Zahra Zehtabtchi (12 years), Neda Mostaghimi (3 years), Atena Faraghdani (12 years and 9 months), Atena Da’emi (14 years), Roya Saberi Nobakht (7 years), Farideh Shahgoli (3 years), Mahvash Shahriari (20 years), Elham Farahani (4 years), Fariba Kamalabadi (20 years), Faren Hessami (4 years), Bahareh Hedayat (9.5 years), Maryam Naghash Zargaran (4 years), Elham Barmaki (5 years), are among those imprisoned.
Recently, Maryam Shafi pour (2 years), Sajedeh Arab (1 year) and Hakimeh Shokri (3 years) have been released after finishing serving their sentences.
******According to Baluch Campaign website Aug. 18, Mr. Omar Parastandeh Khial, a Baluchi prisoner from the city of Iranshahr, southeastern Iran, was executed in Adel Abad Prison in Shiraz. In other reports by the Zanjan Judiciary website Aug. 18, two individuals were hanged in public in the city of Zanjan, northwestern Iran.
******The latest statistics posted by the Iran Census Organization show that nearly 420,000 Iranian girls under the age of 15 had married from 2004 to 2014.
On Aug. 16, Majid Arjmandi, head of the Social Emergency organ in Iran said during the past years 360 girls under the age of 14 had been married, with ten cases being under the age of 10!
“Marriages and divorces among children has increased 45% in Iran from 2005 to 2010,” says child rights activist Farshid Yazdani.
The numbers in 2010 show that Iran had 37,000 divorced women and widows ranging from ages 10 to 18, he added. Yazdani said poverty is the main reason why families sendoff children between the age of 10 and 15 to marriage.
******Iran’s fundamentalist regime has acquitted the infamous former Tehran prosecutor general Saeed Mortazavi of murder charges over the 2009 killing of three detained protesters at Kahrizak a notorious prison he oversaw, the Iranian regime’s state television reported on Wednesday. Saeed Mortazavi is said to be the torturer of Zahra Kazemi, Iranian-Canadian photo journalist who was killed in Evin prison in 2003. His acquittal was blasted by Iran’s main opposition organization, the People’s Mojahedin Organization of Iran, PMOI (Mujahedin-e Khalq, MEK).
“Not that anyone had any illusions regarding the clerical regime’s judiciary, but this is a prime case of what can be described as ‘justice, mullah style.’ Mortazvi's lawyer, Nazari said on Wed. that Mortazavi was sentenced to serve six months in prison for receiving “illegal money” during his time as the head of the social security fund. At the end of the day, as the old Persian saying goes, a knife does not cut its own handle,” said Shahin Gobadi, spokesperson of the PMOI.
The notorious Saeed Mortazavi is despised among the Iranian population for his role in arresting, torturing and murdering dissidents and foreign journalists throughout his time in office. His clampdown on the freedom of the press, which led to more than 120 newspapers being closed down, has earned him the title “butcher of the press” among Iranian people.
Saeed Mortazavi played a direct role in suppressing the 2009 nationwide anti-regime uprising, in particular ordering a number of protesters to be tortured to death.
In 2010 he was found responsible for the death under torture of three political activists at the notorious Kahrizak prison a month after their arrest. The website of the Iranian regime’s state broadcaster on Wednesday quoted Mojtaba Nazari, the lawyer for Iran’s social security fund, as announcing the decision of the regime’s court in the case. Nazari said Mortazavi was sentenced to serve six months in prison over receiving “illegal money” during his time as the head of the social security fund.