Friday, January 2, 2009

Alaei brother's trial ahead

On 30 December 2008, Alireza Jamshidi, spokesman for the judiciary confirmed the awaiting trials of Arash and Kamiar Alaei. He stated the brother's crime to be "acting against National security by collaborating with the USA, carrying out media campaigns against the state and also being a member of outlawed political groups".

Kamiar and Arash Alaei have been vanguards in combating Aids in Iran. They were both arrested on 23 June 2008 by security agents and are believed to be kept in the notorious 209 section of Evin Prison.

+ Hossein Derakhashan's arrest confirmed

Hossein Derakhshan, an Iranian- Canadian citizen, was arrested as he returned to Iran on November 1 2008.

His relatives have indicated that he has been accused of traveling to Israel, which is not allowed in the Islamic constitution.

Mr.Derakhsahn who has been one of the leading Iranian blogger, was invited to participate in a seminar in Israel in 2006. The seminar was titled: "Reforms, opposition and disputes in the Middle East" and also " Blogging, a true way to oppose in the Middle East".

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