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posted January 29, 2001 09:09     Click Here to See the Profile for Vatandoost   Click Here to Email Vatandoost     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
TEHRAN, Jan 28 (AFP) - Tehran's revolutionary court on Sunday ordered the arrest of reformist journalist Hoda Saber from the banned progessive review Iran-e Farda (Tomorrow's Iran), one of his colleagues told AFP.

The 39-year-old Saber was summoned by the court, which ordered him arrested and placed in detention, the colleague said.

Before being closed by the conservative-led courts, Iran-e Farda was headed by Ezzatollah Sahabi, who was himself jailed last month after delivering a speech at a campus rally in Tehran.

Sahabi was also given four-and-a-half years in prison for participating at an "un-Islamic" political conference in Germany last year.

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Wife worries over arrested pro-reform journalist

TEHRAN, Jan 29 (AFP) - The wife of a reformist journalist arrested at the weekend expressed fears over his fate Monday, saying his family did not know where he had been taken. "We are extremely worried, because we don't know where he is and the information the judiciary gave us was incorrect," Farideh Saber told AFP.

Tehran's revolutionary court on Sunday ordered the arrest of journalist Hoda Saber from the banned progressive review Iran-e Farda (Tomorrow's Iran), one of his colleagues told AFP.

The 39-year-old Saber was summoned by the court, which ordered him arrested and placed in detention, the colleague said.

"Yesterday we took his personal effects to the court and asked where he was", his wife said. "We were told he was in Evin prison, but he was not there."

Before being closed by the conservative-led courts, Iran-e Farda was headed by Ezzatollah Sahabi, who was himself jailed last month after delivering a speech at a campus rally in Tehran.

Sahabi was also given four-and-a-half years in prison for participating at an "un-Islamic" political conference in Germany last year.

Some 15 journalists are currently in jail in Iran, either serving heavy jail sentences for their activities or awaiting trial.

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Iran prosecutor presses charges against reformer

TEHRAN, Jan 30 (Reuters) - A hardline Iranian prosecutor has filed 39 charges against the publisher of a banned reformist weekly, newspapers reported on Tuesday. Mohammad Hassan Alipour, whose outspoken weekly Aban was shut down last year, has been charged on multiple counts of spreading lies, inciting
corruption, insulting religious sanctities and spreading propaganda against the state, the daily Aftab-e Yazd said.

Iran's judiciary has closed down more than 30 independent publications and jailed many reformist activists -- some as yet without trial -- since the crackdown began last year.

Reformist editor Hoda Saber was jailed earlier this week after being interrogated on undisclosed charges by the feared Revolutionary Court. His family have said they are unaware of his place of detention.

Hardliners who control the judicial apparatus took their cue from supreme leader Ayatollah Ali Khamenei, who last year accused the independent press of being "bases of the enemy".

The speech signalled a crackdown on Iran's nascent press freedoms by those opposed to social and political reforms and the concept of a modern civil society.

Khamenei later ordered parliament not to debate a motion to reform Iran's draconian press laws which would have eased the pressures on the once-flourishing pro-reform publications.

In a separate development, student leader Ali Afshari and publisher Ezzatollah Sahabi have been returned to Tehran's notorious Evin prison from their interrogation centre, which was said to be in a garrison run by the Revolutionary Guards, newspapers said.

Earlier this month, Iran's main reformist student group, the Office to Consolidate Unity (OCU), alleged that Afshari had been "kidnapped" from prison and was under interrogation at an undisclosed location.

Afshari went missing some 15 days after being sent into "temporary" confinement for a campus speech he made after his return from a conference on Iran's reforms in Berlin last year.

Student activists close to Afshari told Reuters by telephone that the prisoners' families had not been able to confirm the press reports.

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Iran hardline court seizes books from reformer home

TEHRAN, Feb 8 (Reuters) - Iran's hardline Revolutionary Court has seized books, documents and family pictures from the home of a jailed political activist, his wife said on Thursday.

Hoda Saber, editor of the banned reformist Iran-e Farda monthly magazine, was jailed in Tehran's Evin prison after being interrogated on undisclosed charges last month.

His wife said he was being denied access to his lawyer and that the nature of the charges against him remain unclear.

"Agents of the Revolutionary Court came last night and took books, documents and even family photos of me and the children," Saber's wife Farideh said.

The court had earlier seized documents from the offices of Iran-e Farda monthly magazine, which had advocated democracy and greater tolerance, newspapers said.

Meanwhile, Ahmad Zeydabadi, another reformist journalist on hunger strike in jail, said he would not break his fast until prison conditions improved, press reports said.

Zeydabadi, jailed six months ago on dissent charges, was reportedly taken to the prison hospital recently after internal bleeding, they said.

Iran's judiciary has closed down more than 30 independent publications and jailed many reform activists -- some as yet without trial -- since the latest crackdown on freedom of expression began last year.

The move followed a speech by Iran's supreme leader Ayatollah Ali Khamenei, who accused the independent press of serving as "bases of the enemy."

The speech signalled a crackdown on Iran's nascent press freedoms by hardliners opposed to social and political reforms and the concept of a modern civil society.

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House and office of jailed pro-reform Iran journalist searched: wife

TEHRAN, Feb 8 (AFP) - The wife of a jailed reformist journalist said Thursday that plainclothes men with a court warrant had searched her home as well as the office of her husband's banned progressive review.

Farideh Saber told AFP that during her absence Wednesday afternoon, five plainclothes men came to her house with a warrant from the judiciary and searched the house in the presence of her two sons aged 12 and 17.

"The men searched the house and confiscated some books as well as some of my husband's papers, research documents," she told AFP.

"You can find the books in any bookstore, they were very normal books," she said.

"I had told my children not to open the door to anyone, and they didn't. But the men went to my sister-in-law's house with the warrant, and when the men returned with my sister-in-law, my children opened the door,"
Farideh said.

"My children said the men behaved well, but they should not have entered the house in my absence," she said, adding that they had also searched the office of her husband's banned Iran-e Farda (Tomorrow's Iran) review.

Newspapers on Thursday said the men had also confiscated books and documents from the review's office.

Tehran's revolutionary court late last month ordered the arrest of journalist Hoda Saber after he appeared in court for questioning.

His wife said he had called her Wednesday from Tehran's northern Evin prison to let her know that he was still being interrogated.

Before being closed by the conservative-led courts, Iran-e Farda was headed by Ezzatollah Sahabi, who was jailed himself in December after delivering a speech at a campus rally in Tehran.

Sahabi was also given four-and-a-half years in prison for participating at an "un-Islamic" political conference in Germany last year.

Some 15 journalists are currently in jail in Iran, either serving heavy jail sentences for their activities or awaiting trial.

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Reformist journalist ends hunger strike, to be tried soon

TEHRAN, Feb 11 (AFP) - The wife of reformist journalist Ahmad Zeid-Abadi, in jail since August, announced that her husband ended his hunger strike to protest prison conditions, the official IRNA news agency reported Sunday.

Mahdieh Mohammadi said she had had lunch with her husband and other family members Friday in Tehran's northern Evin prison, IRNA reported.

In November, the reformist journalist complained of the lack of security in the prison, saying he was attacked as he slept.

Zeid-Abadi, who was arrested at his home August 7 and accused of "lies" against the Islamic state, is scheduled to go on trial February 21, IRNA said citing press court judge Said Mortazavi.

On Monday, Iranian officials denied Zeid-Abadi's hunger strike, affirming
that a medical team had performed tests which revealed that the journalist was in a satisfactory physical condition.

Zeid-Abadi has refused to appear before a press court unless its session is made open to the public, sources close to the journalist have said.

Some 15 journalists are in jail in Iran, either serving heavy jail sentences for their activities or awaiting trial.

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Ahmad Zeid-Abadi, Imprisoned journalist, transferred from Evin

February 12, 2001

Reports are stating that the imprisoned journalist, Ahmad Zeid-Abadi, has been transferred, on Sunday afternoon, to Prison #56 of the "Pasdaran Corps." (Guardians of Revolution).

Such controversial transfer, placing Zeid-Abadi in worst conditions than Evin, is happening following that he broke his Hunger strike based on official promises to be transferred to the section attributed to Imprisoned journalists at Evin.

Zeid-Abadi's transfer to a one of the Militia Penitentiaries, reserved normally to non-civilians, is a illegal and concerning action that might place him in danger of death.

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Wife of jailed journalist calls for the release of her husband

TEHRAN, Feb 12 (AFP) - The wife of a jailed reformist journalist called Sunday on judiciary chief Ayatollah Mahmud Hashemi Shahroudi to release her husband from prison, the official IRNA news agency reported.
Farideh Saber, in a letter to Shahroudi, called for "a lifting of Hoda Saber's detention order," as well as the return of confiscated personal belongings, IRNA said.

Farideh Saber told AFP last week that plain-clothes men with a court warrant searched her home Wednesday along with the office of her husband's banned liberal Iran-e Farda (Tomorrow's Iran) review, taking books and documents.

"The men searched the house and confiscated some books as well as some of my husband's papers, research documents," she told AFP.

"You can find the books in any bookstore; they were very normal books," she said.

Newspapers on Thursday said the men had also confiscated books and documents from the review's office.

Tehran's revolutionary court late last month ordered the arrest of journalist Hoda Saber after he appeared in court for questioning.

His wife said he had called her Wednesday from Tehran's northern Evin prison to let her know that he was still being interrogated.

Before being closed by the conservative-led courts, Iran-e Farda was headed by Ezzatollah Sahabi, who was jailed himself in December after delivering a speech at a campus rally in Tehran.

Sahabi was also given four and a half years in prison for participating in an "un-Islamic" political conference in Germany last year.

Some 15 journalists are in jail in Iran, either serving heavy jail sentences for their activities or awaiting trial.

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The Express Chronicle
By Azgar Ishkildin

February 13, 2001

Tehran, IRAN. Imprisoned journalist Ahmad Zeid-Abadi has been transferred from the Tehran-based Evin prison to prison #56 affiliated to the Guardians of Revolution (a military force set up within Iranian security
system after the revolution).

According to observers, the conditions in prison #56 are even worse than in the notorious Evin meant for political prisoners.

The Student Movement Coordinating Committee for Democracy in Iran (SMCCDI) reported on February 12, that journalist Zeid-Abadi was taken there soon after he broke his hunger strike under the pressure of official promises that he would be then transferred to the section in Evin prison specially
designated for arrested journalists.

SMCCDI stated that his transfer to one of the military holding facilities, normally reserved exclusively for non-civilians, is illegal and might endanger his life.

Zeid-Abadi, a correspondent with the Hamshahri daily, was put into Evin prison in August, 2000, following the order of the Islamic Press Court. Earlier, in compliance with the repressive law on the press, passed by Iranian Majles (Islamic Consultative Assembly) on April 17, 2000 , the Court ordered closure of 30 more Iranian newspapers of moderate leaning.

In January of this year, Ahmad Zeid-Abadi declared a hunger strike against the transfer of a group of his inmates to a tighter security section at Evin prison, and also to demand his own transfer to another section in the same prison.

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AIJ voice concern over fate of jailed colleague

Tehran, Feb 13, IRNA -- The pro-reform Association of Iranian Journalists, in a letter to the Judiciary Head Ayatollah Mahmoud Hashemi Shahroudi here Tuesday, expressed profound `concern' over the condition of the jailed reformist journalist Hoda Saber.

"Hoda Saber (a member of the association) has been held on temporary detention since January 28, but no information has yet been revealed on the charges raised by the Bench 26 of Tehran's evolutionary Court, and particularly on the place he is being held," the letter faxed to IRNA said.

"Expressing concern, the AIJ calls for taking the legal rights of Hoda Saber into consideration," it added.

On Sunday, Saber's wife called on Shahroudi to release her husband from prison.

Farideh Saber, in a letter to the judiciary chief, called for "a lifting of Hoda Saber's detention order," as well as the return of confiscated personal belongings.

She said that on February 7 five of the personnel of the said bench of the court searched and ransacked his home and confiscated all her husband's books and research materials, and left without filing a process verbal without securing her testimonial signature.

Hoda Saber was a columnist with the now banned `Iran-e Farda' monthly. Before being closed by the conservative-led courts, Iran-e Farda was headed by Ezzatollah Sahabi, who was jailed himself in December after delivering a speech at a campus rally in Tehran.

Some 15 journalists are in jail in Iran, either serving heavy jail sentences for their activities or awaiting trial.

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