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Supreme Leader pardons Iranian blogger

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Radiozamaneh - Iranian journalist and blogger Hossein Derakhshan has received a pardon from Iran's Supreme Leader Ayatollah Khamenei and has been released from Jail in Tehran.

Rohani administration called powerless to end house arrests

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karroubi-rahnavard-mousavi-wifekarroubiRadiozamaneh - President Rohani's adviser Ali Younesi says the administration does not have the authority to end the house arrest of opposition leaders MirHosein Mousavi, Zahra Rahnavard and Mehdi Karroubi, adding: "We can only try to lay grounds for their release."

Nationalist-Religious activist sentenced to jail

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rueen otoofatRadiozamaneh - An appellate court has confirmed a 10-year jail sentence for Nationalist-Religious activist Rouin Otoofat. The Jaras opposition website reports that the judgement has been served on Otofat, imposing a two-year ban on political activity in addition to the 10-year sentence.

Arrested protestors in Isfahan transferred to Dastgerd prison

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Acid Attacks in Isfahan

HRANA News Agency – During the clashes in Isfahan, around 40 protestors were arrested on Saturday.

Among them 12 women were released on bail and the rest have been transferred to Dastgerd prison on Sunday.

According to Human Rights Activists News Agency (HRANA) based on Saham News Agency, Mehdi Jalaloddini is one of the arrestees. He went to Darvazeh Doulat to buy some books with his friends. But he got arrested after he complained about the behavior of police and security forces to a woman of protestors of acid attack in Isfahan. He was transferred to Dastgerd prison with a temporary arrest warrant.

Mahdieh Golroo arrested in Tehran

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Mahdieh Golroo

HRANA News Agency- Mahdieh Golroo, student activist, was arrested by security forces and was taken to an unknown place on 26th October, in the morning.

According to the report of Human Rights Activists News Agency (HRANA), in the morning of 26th October, Mahdieh Golroo was arrested by security forces at her home after inspecting and confiscating her personal belongings and was taken to an unknown location.

Some of her relatives told HRANA that she might have been arrested in connection with the 22nd October protest in response to the recent acid attacks.

Mahdieh Golroo, born in 2nd August 1985, is a student activist, women’s right activist, member of the Right to Education and former deputy secretary of Allameh Tabatabai University Association, also member of Mehdi Karroubi’s election campaign, and industrial economics student of Allameh Tabatabai University. She had previously spent a period of 2 years and four months imprisonment sentence because of her activities.

At least 20 arrested in the protest at acid attacks

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HRANA News Agency – On the rally of Saturday, October 25th, in front of the judiciary office turned to violence after the riot police interfered and at least 20 people were arrested.

According to the report of Human Rights Activists News Agency (HRANA), riot police forces raided the protestors before the rally in front of interior ministry get started, and beaten and arrested a number of participants.

One of the participants told HRANA’s reporter, “The presence of the riot police in all streets and squares ending to interior ministry building was very heavy”.

He also added, “at least 10 men and 10 women were arrested after being beaten”.

Besides, Reza Khandan the husband of Nasrin Sotoudeh wrote on his Facebook page, “The lawyers, Ms. Guity Poorfazel, Mr. Abbas Jamali and also Mr. Payman Aref and Farid Rouhani were among the people who were arrested along with Nasrin, and after taking photos and personal identity documents, and in some cases personal cell phones, released. But Nasrin is still under arrest”.

A demonstrator in Isfahan accused of acid attacks

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Acid Attacks in Isfahan

HRANA News Agency – According to Fars news agency (close to Iranian Revolutionary Guards) security officials have accused one of the arrested protesters in Isfahan with acid attack.

According to the report of Human Rights Activists News Agency (HRANA), Fars News Agency (close to Iranian Revolutionary Guards) in two separate reports reported that a man who had been wearing women’s clothes to attend the demonstrations against the acid attacks was arrested.

According to this agency: “The person is called (B. M. B) was born in 1973 and owns a documentation company and some communication and spy devices have been discovered from him”.

The report also stated that: “There is some marks on his arms which can be burned marks that have strengthen the security forces’ doubts about the possibility of his involvement in the scenario of acid attacks. However, these spots are tested and the hypothesis of the named suspect in the attack incident is not certain.”

The agency has tried to link the stains on detainee’s hands to the spots of acid burn while a dermatologist has diagnosed the spots that are on the detainee’s arms in the picture, as Vitiligo, skin disease.

It is noteworthy that Fars News Agency is well known in collaboration with the country’s security apparatus, and bias news, so that, the press reports of this institution is primarily considered as reflections of opinions and news of that kind of organizations and institutions.

Indeed, local websites stated that 4 suspects of acid attacks have been released.

Lawyer Sotoudeh arrested during acid-throwing protest

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Radiozamaneh - Iranian human rights lawyer Nasrin Sotoudeh was arrested in front of the interior ministry in Tehran during a protest against acid throwing, her husband Reza Khandan reported on his Facebook page.

“Today after a sit-in in front of the Lawyer’s Supervisory Board, Nasrin accompanied a group of her peers to join a protest in front of the interior ministry in support of women assaulted with acid and against the lack of government action. Upon their return, they were all arrested and they were all released after being identified. But Nasrin remains in custody without any judicial order.”

Giti Pourfazel, Abbas Jamali and Peymon Aref and Farid Rohani were reportedly some of the other lawyers present at the protest.

Reports from Tehran indicate riot police were highly visible along the main arteries of the city. The political deputy of Tehran security forces has been quoted as saying: “We are also very concerned about the acid throwing in Isfahan and condemn such action; however, there can be no demonstrations in Tehran without first getting permits.”

In recent weeks, a number of women have been assaulted with acid on the streets of Isfahan, and while the authorities maintain they are hard at work identifying the perpetrator(s), the public has been showing its outrage with mass gathering in Isfahan and Tehran.

Public discontent prompts wave of arrests in Isfahan

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 Radiozamaneh - Under heat from the public, Isfahan police have rounded up 50 people with a prior history of  offences. The police announced that the detainees, described as some of the “thugs and hoodlums” of the city, were  arrested today, Wednesday October 22, in different parts of the city. Their prior offences reportedly involve “causing  fear in public”, “causing nuisance”, “causing injury (such as cutting noses or ears), “assault” and “the sale of small  amounts of drugs.”

 The police announced that these arrests are in connection with the recent acid-throwing incidents in the city, adding  that they will soon release an update in the media.

 Thousands of Isfahan residents took to the streets today to protest the slow government reaction to recent incidents of  women being attacked with acid.

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