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Monday, February 1, 2010

Mehrdad Rahimi under heavy pressure to give TV confession/ Saeed Haeri describes uncertain prison condition

Mehrdad Rahimi under heavy pressure to give TV confession/ Saeed Haeri describes uncertain prison condition

Mehrdad Rahimi, the deputy of the Committee in Defense of Citizenship Rights for Mehdi Karoubi’s election campaign, met with his family for the first time on January 28, 2010, 27 days after being detained.

Mehrdad Rahimi informed his family that he is under extreme pressure to give a television interview. He emphasized that he did not and will not agree to the interview, an illegal request from interrogators. The family stated that they will do what is needed to adjudicate his rights and prevent any illegal action by interrogators.

The family referred to a letter they plan to write by early next week addressed to Abbas Jafar-Dolatabadi, the prosecutor of Tehran. The letter aims to condemn the illegal actions of Mehrdad Rahimi’s interrogators.

It has been reported that [during the meeting with his family] Mehrdad Rahimi was in good spirits. He mentioned for the second time that his detention is illegal since all his activities [prior to the arrest] were within the framework of the constitution. As a result, Mehrdad Rahimi stated that he will [continue to] defend his rights.

Mehrdad Rahimi was arrested on January 2, 2010, after several phone threats and being being summoned by the Ministry of Information.

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Saeed Haeri met with his family for the second time on January 28, 2010, 39 days after first being detained.

According to Saeed Haeri’s family, they met with him in a cabin. During the meeting, Saeed Haeri seemed to be in good spirits. He mentioned to his family that he had not been interrogated for the past three weeks. He also mentioned that the charges against him are still unknown. Saeed Haeri requested from his family, especially his mother, to be patient. He stated that his detainment is illegal and he is hopeful that he will be released. Saeed Haeri also mentioned that he is being kept in a cell at ward 240 of Evin prison with three other prisoners.

Saeed Haeri was arrested on December 20, 2009 by security forces while on Enghelab Square. Saeed Haeri and a few other activists were on their way by bus to Qom to attend Ayatollah Montazeri’s funeral.

Translation by: Mana S.
Persian2English.com

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