European lawmakers call on EU to condition relations with Iran to halt of
Reza Zarrab, 33, was arrested in Miami in March en route to Disney World with his Turkish superstar singer wife and five-year-old daughter on charges that could see him sentenced to up to 30 years in prison if convicted.
Judge Richard Berman has rejected his request after a two-week review, ruling that his significant wealth, lack of ties in the United States and extensive links to countries without extradition treaties could help him skip bail.
'Mr. Zarrab poses a risk of flight,' Berman wrote in his decision. 'No condition or combination of conditions, including privately funded armed guards, will reasonably assure his appearance at trial.'
The evidence against him 'appears strong,' the charges are 'serious' and he could face 'a substantial term of imprisonment' if convicted, he noted.
'Undermining US sanctions against Iran may well pose a threat to the United States,' continued Berman.
On Monday June 13, political prisoner Mohammad Jarrahi who's been in jail for 5 years now, staged his own hunger strike in solidarity with his fellow prisoner and in protest at the lack of attention to Azimzadeh’s demands. Jarrahi is incarcerated in Tabriz Prison, north-west Iran, as a result of his activism on behalf of workers’ rights.
On Sunday, June 12, Alireza Golypour, a political prisoner incarcerated in Tehran's notorious Evin Prison, has started his hunger strike supporting Jafar Azimzadeh.
The physical condition of Jafar Azimzadeh on the 51st day of his hunger strike was so bad that the guards took him to a hospital outside Evin prison.
Jafar Azimzadeh, was arrested on November 8, 2015, and currently is serving a six-year prison sentence in Ward 8 of Evin Prison for engaging in peaceful and legitimate trade union activities.
On Saturday June 18, a group of Iranian-Canadians at the Parliament Hill and across from Prime Minister's office during their weekly protest, condemned the wave of executions and demanded the freedom of all political prisoners. As such they called for the release of Jafar Azimzadeh the President of the Free Union of Workers of Iran who's been on hunger strike for 52 days now and Alireza Golipour another political prisoner on hunger strike.