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Father of Iran student leader said arrested
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posted January 29, 2001 09:04
TEHRAN, Jan 28 (Reuters) - The father of imprisoned student leader Ali Afshari was arrested and his weekly newspaper closed for lampooning the judiciary that prosecuted his son, the pro- reform daily Hayat-e No said
The daily said Naqi Afshari was arrested on Saturday on the orders of a local judge in the northwestern city of Qazvin after an "insulting" cartoon and articles appeared in Afshari's weekly newspaper.
Ali Afshari was sentenced earlier this month to four and a half years in
Those verdicts are under appeal, but Afshari went missing from jail more than two weeks ago after being detained for a militant speech to a student rally.
Press reports say he has been transferred to a detention centre controlled by the elite Revolutionary Guards, but there has been no official confirmation of his whereabouts.
Ezzatollah Sahabi, a veteran revolutionary and pro-reform journalist, is also missing and is apparently being held at the same location.
Rights campaigners and student activists say they are concerned the two may be subject to extra-judicial pressure to make statements damaging to themselves or the broader reform movement.
posted January 30, 2001 08:36
Journalist, father of student leader, freed on bail
TEHRAN, Jan 29 (AFP) - An Iranian newspaper editor arrested for criticising the judiciary after his student-leader son was jailed last
month went free on bail Monday, the official IRNA news agency said. Naghi Afshari, father of the political head of the nation's largest
pro-reform student group, Ali Afshari, was released after posting 2,500 dollars in bail, his brother said, cited by IRNA.
He had been arrested in the western city of Qazvin on Saturday and his weekly Hadis ordered closed for articles that allegedly insulted officials and provoked public opinion.
IRNA said Hadis would remain shut until the begining of the new Iranian year in March, when Afshari is scheduled to go on trial.
His son, political chief of the Office to Consolidate Unity, was arrested last month following a speech he gave to a campus rally calling for a public referendum on the authority of Iran's supreme clerical leader.
In a separate matter he was sentenced to five years in prison earlier this month in connection with his appearance at an "un-Islamic" political conference in Germany last year.
Supporters say Afshari and dissident nationalist Ezzatollah Sahabi, who denounced conservatives at the same rally in November, have been taken from their prison cells to an unknown location.
An OCU official was quoted Monday as saying he believed the pair could be under police pressure to confess and retract their stated views.
All times are PT (US)
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