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Iran: Despite Facing Prison, Rights Lawyer Mohammad Najafi Still Seeking Justice For Deceased Detainee

May 12, 2018

Mohammad Najafi, a human rights lawyer facing years behind bars in Iran for publicly arguing that local police tried to conceal the cause of a detainee’s death, says he is determined to continue seeking justice for the victim.

“I will follow up on Vahid Heydari’s case within the framework of the law and if his family wants me to represent them, I will do so and defend their rights to the fullest without the slightest hesitation,” Najafi told the Center for Human Rights in Iran on May 6, 2018.

“As I’m speaking to you right now, there are four warrants against me,” he added. “I have been a lawyer and writer for years and during this time I have been repeatedly charged and acquitted. The authorities themselves have told me that they are trying to grind me to oblivion.”

He continued: “When I was being prosecuted in connection with labor protests at the HEPCO industrial plant in Arak, the [Islamic Revolutionary Guard Corps] IRGC agent said to me straight that they will paralyze me by constantly detaining and prosecuting me. In fact, they have succeeded in putting me under financial pressure and disrupted my life.”

In January 2018, Najafi told media outlets that Heydari, 22, was beaten before he died at the 12th Police Station in Arak before his death later that month. The authorities claimed that Heydari was a drug addict who committed suicide.

https://iranhumanrights.org/2018/05/despite-facing-prison-rights-lawyer-mohammad-najafi-still-seeking-justice-for-deceased-detainee/

http://www.payvand.com/news/18/may/1055.html

https://www.iranhumanrights.org/2018/04/lawyer-who-exposed-cover-up-of-clients-death-in-custody-could-be-imprisoned-for-years-in-iran/

https://irannewsupdate.com/blog/4926-as-crackdown-on-dissent-continues-rouhani-s-hypocrisy-is-further-exposed.html

http://iran-hrm.com/index.php/2018/05/16/iran-trial-of-dec-2017-jan-2018-uprising-detainees-in-arak/

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Iran: Lawyer Who Exposed Cover Up of Client’s Death in Custody Could Be Imprisoned For Years in Iran

April 27, 2018

Human rights attorney Mohammad Najafi is facing charges from three different courts and years of imprisonment in Iran for publicly arguing that local police concealed the true cause of death of a young man in their custody.

Najafi was released on bail in the city of Arak on April 17, 2018, nearly three months after he told media outlets that his client, Mohammad Heydari, was killed while he was in police custody after being arrested during Iran’s December 2017 protests.

“We have read the indictment and concluded that Mr. Najafi has committed no crime,” Najafi’s attorney, Arash Keykhosravi, told the Center for Human Rights in Iran (CHRI) on April 20. “We don’t know why they have filed such heavy charges against him… But from what we have seen in his file, there is nothing to justify his arrest and detention.”

“Mr. Najafi’s case has been divided into two parts,” he added. “The case involving security and political charges has been sent to the Revolutionary Court in Arak and the general charges such as ‘disturbing public order’ have been sent to the Criminal Court.”

“The Revolutionary Court had set bail at 800 million tomans [$190,000 USD] and the Criminal Court at 200 million tomans [$47,500 USD], which was paid with the help of family and close associates and he was released on Tuesday, April 17,” he said.

https://www.iranhumanrights.org/2018/04/lawyer-who-exposed-cover-up-of-clients-death-in-custody-could-be-imprisoned-for-years-in-iran/

http://iran-hrm.com/index.php/2018/03/21/lawyer-still-in-detention-for-uncovering-truth-about-slain-protester/

https://www.iranhumanrights.org/2018/03/detained-human-rights-lawyer-forced-to-choose-counsel-from-judiciarys-approved-list/

https://www.iranhumanrights.org/2018/03/iranian-lawyers-judiciarys-mandatory-list-of-approved-counsel-sets-dangerous-precedent/

https://www.iranhumanrights.org/2018/03/attorney-blocked-from-taking-on-human-rights-cases-in-iran-calls-for-revision-of-flawed-law/

https://www.hrw.org/news/2018/03/13/iran-stop-persecuting-families-people-who-died-jail

https://persian.iranhumanrights.org/1397/02/lawyer-mohamad-najadi-says-the-case-against-him-is-bogus/ (FARSI)

Argentina/Israel/Iran: President Kirchner, murder and uranium to Iran: President Obama made me do it

May 5, 2018

Argentine President Kircher, Uranium to Iran, Obama

Argentina South American haven for Jew-haters

Argentina, which proved a port in the storm for Nazis fleeing post-World War II Germany – which some believe include Adolf Hitler and his wife Eva Braun – seems to have also provided a base for Jew-hating Islamic terrorists operating in Buenos Aires.

The 1994 bombing of the Jewish Asociación Mutual Israelita Argentina (AMIA) building, which killing 85 and wounding hundreds, is thought to be the handy work of Iran-supported Hezbollah.

Alberto Nisman to the rescue

Nonetheless, after years of lukewarm government support for a free and fair investigation of the Buenos Aires bombing, 2004 saw the appointment of Argentine attorney Alberto Nisman as chief investigator.

He requested and received warrants for the arrest of Iranian and Hezbollah suspects from Interpol. Furthermore, in 2013, Nisman planned to testify before the U.S. House Committee on Homeland Security regarding Iranian intelligence networks in Latin America. Conversely, the government of President Cristina Kirchner prevented him from leaving Argentina.

Nisman was to present evidence to his nation’s Congress of the Argentine government’s collusion with Iran. Unfortunately,  Nisman ended up dead in his apartment, the victim of a gunshot wound to the head. Officially it was suicide. In September 2017, the National Gendarmerie issued a report concluding that Nisman was murdered.

A treasonable act

But in 2017, Argentine federal Judge Julian Ercolini issued a 656-page report that in part reads,

“Nisman’s death could not have been a suicide… it was produced by third parties and in an intentional manner.”

https://www.commdiginews.com/politics-2/kirchner-murder-obama-uranium-iran-101921/

https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Death_of_Alberto_Nisman

http://www.perfil.com/noticias/policia/las-internas-judiciales-demoran-decisiones-centrales-por-nisman.phtml (ESPANOL)

https://veja.abril.com.br/mundo/cristina-kirchner-cada-vez-mais-perto-do-banco-dos-reus/ (ESPANOL)

http://www.laprensa.com.ar/464264-Tiene-que-aclararse-que-es-lo-que-sucedio-con-Nisman.note.aspx (ESPANOL)

https://www.clarin.com/politica/pacto-iran-definio-sala-camara-nacional-casacion-quedo-causa_0_ry9WHMnsM.html (ESPANOL)

Iran: Civil Rights Activists Summoned To Court In Tehran

April 25, 2018

Iranian civil rights activists

Civil rights activists Mahmoud Masoumi, Nader Afshari, Saeed Eghbali, Saeed Seifi Jahan, Mozhgan La’li, Behnam Mousivand, Shima Babaei, Dariush Zand and a woman named Shaghayegh who were detained on February 1 and were temporarily released on bail, were summoned to court.

These nine activists were summoned to the 6th Branch of Evin Court (Moghaddasi) on Sunday, April 22 to present their last defense to court. Almost all the defendants rejected their charges, namely gathering and conspiring against the government.

According to an informed source, they were put under severe pressure and even physically abused during their detention to the extent that the signs of the abuse could still be seen in their physical and mental health.

Similarly, in another case, lawyer and human rights activist Mohammad Najafi was summoned to the Robat Karim Prosecutor’s Office. The lawyer was arrested after disclosing the reason behind the death of a protester who passed away in prison and was released from Arak Prison after 93 days on April 17.

Iranian regime started to arrest of renowned human rights defenders since February 1st, 2018, as another episode in a long crackdown on any form of peaceful activism in the country.

http://iran-hrm.com/index.php/2018/04/25/iran-civil-rights-activists-summoned-court/

https://www.iranhumanrights.org/2018/03/attorney-blocked-from-taking-on-human-rights-cases-in-iran-calls-for-revision-of-flawed-law/

https://www.iranhumanrights.org/2018/03/detained-human-rights-lawyer-forced-to-choose-counsel-from-judiciarys-approved-list/

https://en.radiofarda.com/a/iran-human-righrs-lawyer-najafi-indicred/29045676.html

https://iranprobe.com/explore/news/mohammad-najafi,-a-lawyer-in-arak,-was-arrested-by-security-agents-of-iranian-regime.html

https://www.iranhumanrights.org/2018/04/lawyer-who-exposed-cover-up-of-clients-death-in-custody-could-be-imprisoned-for-years-in-iran/

http://www.payvand.com/news/18/apr/1120.html

https://irannewsupdate.com/blog/4889-tehran-indicts-activists-and-expands-monitoring.html

Iran: Prominent Lawyer Suspends Prison Hunger Strike

March 27, 2018

Abdolfattah Soltani, human-rights lawyer, who has jail vacation for the first time, after 52 months.

A prominent Iranian lawyer has temporarily ended his hunger strike from behind bars at the request of his colleagues, who believed his health was in danger.

Abdolfattah Soltani, who has been in prison since September 10, 2011, went on hunger strike March 21, but began taking food again March 26 at the request of thousands of attorneys and civil society activist who believed the fast threatened the 64 year old’s life.

Soltani announced he would suspend his hunger strike until April 10 to allow parliament and lawyers unions time to research his case and reinstate his rights in a “tension-free atmosphere.”

In a March 25 letter addressed to the Islamic Republic’s judiciary, members of parliament, and the chairmen of Iranian Bar Association and lawyers’ unions, 3,600 lawyers and civil rights activists called for “implementing all tools” needed for Soltani’s release. In the same letter the signatories asked Soltani to suspend his hunger strike until April 10.

Soltani began his hunger strike to protest what he says is the Intelligence Ministry’s interference in judicial proceedings against political prisoners. He carried out his strike in the prison where he is incarcerated in the city of Borazjan.

https://en.radiofarda.com/a/iran-lawyer-solatani-suspends-hunger-strike/29127989.html

http://iran-hrm.com/index.php/2018/03/25/iran-imprisoned-human-rights-activist-abdulfatah-soltani-starts-hunger-strike/

https://www.hrw.org/news/2018/04/10/iran-jailed-rights-defender-ailing

https://www.iranhumanrights.org/2018/03/iranian-lawyers-judiciarys-mandatory-list-of-approved-counsel-sets-dangerous-precedent/

https://www.iranhumanrights.org/2018/03/detained-human-rights-lawyer-forced-to-choose-counsel-from-judiciarys-approved-list/

http://iran-hrm.com/index.php/2018/03/21/lawyer-still-in-detention-for-uncovering-truth-about-slain-protester/

https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Abdolfattah_Soltani

http://www.nordbayern.de/region/nuernberg/soltani-bricht-hungerstreik-nach-sechs-tagen-ab-1.7409748 (DEUTSCH)

https://www.br.de/nachrichten/mittelfranken/inhalt/nuernberger-menschenrechtspreistraeger-abdolfattah-soltani-startet-zweiten-hungerstreik-100.html (DEUTSCH)

http://www.liberation.fr/planete/2018/04/17/iran-nasrin-sotoudeh-la-voix-des-sans-voile_1644060 (FRANCAIS)

Argentina/Israel/Iran: Argentina ex-leader Kirchner to be tried over AMIA bombing cover-up

March 6, 2018

Former president and 11 others face charges they helped Iranians hide role in 1994 terror attack on Jewish center that killed 85

 

Former President Cristina Fernandez de Kirchner will face trial on charges she covered up the role of Iranians in a 1994 terrorist bombing at a Jewish center in Argentina’s capital, judicial authorities announced Monday.

Eleven other former officials and people close to Kirchner’s government will also be tried on charges of cover-up and abuse of power, Federal Judge Claudio Bonadio said in a ruling released by Argentina’s official CIJ Judicial Information Center.

The trial date has not been set.

So far, four of the accused have been detained. In December, Bonadio asked lawmakers to remove Kirchner’s immunity from prosecution, which she gained last year when she was sworn in as a senator. Legislators have not acted on the request. The immunity protects her from being arrested, but she can still be tried.

Kirchner, who was president in 2007-2015, denies any wrongdoing or involvement in any cover-up involving Argentina’s worst terror attack. The 1994 bombing of the Argentine Israelite Mutual Association center in Buenos Aires in Buenos Aires killed 85 people and wounded hundreds. Iran denies any involvement.

The judge backed an assertion against Kirchner made on January 14, 2015, by Alberto Nisman, a prosecutor who was investigating the case. Nisman said the 2013 agreement that Kirchner’s government made with Iran in exchange for favorable deals on oil and other goods ensured that Iranian officials involved in the attack would escape prosecution.

Nisman was found dead in his apartment with a bullet wound in his right temple four days later. His case remains unsolved. But last year, an investigation by Argentina’s border police agency concluded that Nisman was murdered, contradicting earlier official findings that Nisman likely killed himself.

https://www.timesofisrael.com/argentina-ex-leader-kirchner-to-be-tried-over-amia-bombing-cover-up/

https://www.theguardian.com/world/2018/mar/05/argentina-cristina-fernandez-de-kirchner-trial-bombing

http://www.wral.com/argentina-ex-leader-on-trial-for-alleged-cover-up-in-bombing/17394840/

https://www.rferl.org/a/argentina-ex-president-cristina-kirchner-fernandez-face-trial-charges-covered-up-iran-role-1994-jewish-center-bombing-hizballah/29081899.html

https://www.aljazeera.com/news/2018/03/argentina-leader-face-trial-alleged-bombing-cover-180306095304305.html

https://www.thejc.com/news/world/prosecutors-seek-six-year-jail-term-for-ex-argentine-president-carlos-menem-jewish-centre-bombing-1.459976

https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Death_of_Alberto_Nisman

https://www.eldestapeweb.com/los-ultimos-minutos-alberto-nisman-n40428 (ESPANOL)

http://www.perfil.com/politica/que-dice-la-pericia-informatica-sobre-la-computadora-de-alberto-nisman.phtml (ESPANOL)

http://www.elmundo.es/internacional/2018/03/05/5a9d7f38e2704e157d8b45b6.html (ESPANOL)

https://www.nzz.ch/international/spaeter-erfolg-nach-mysterioesem-tod-in-argentinien-ld.1363302 (DEUTSCH)

https://istoe.com.br/cristina-kirchner-sera-julgada-por-acobertar-terroristas/ (PORTUGUES)

Argentina/Iran/Israel: Iran and Hezbollah’s Terror in Argentina

March 1, 2018

(Thousands of Argentinians protest on February 18, 2015 in Buenos Aires, with signs demanding “Truth and Justice,” on the one-month anniversary of the murder of special prosecutor Alberto Nisman. Nisman was murdered by unknown assailants one day before he was officially to present allegations of treason against then-President Cristina Fernandez de Kirchner. )

  • If efforts to expose Iran’s and Hezbollah’s roles in the Argentinean bombings are successful, the information will elucidate for regional leaders the dark side of Iran’s ties to sub-state terrorist groups to increase even further its influence in Latin America.
  • For decades, Iran has seemingly been employing both normative diplomatic ties and criminal links to export its Islamic revolution to the Western Hemisphere. By using similar methods of subversion, Iran appears already to have penetrated other Latin American nations, including Venezuela, Bolivia, Ecuador, Brazil and some island countries in the Caribbean.

Iran’s activities in Latin America are a direct challenge to U.S. primacy in the Western Hemisphere. Iran, it seems, wants to replace the U.S. as the power ally of Latin American countries.

While Iran’s nuclear, ballistic missile, and expansionist policies in the Middle East are well known, most of the Islamic Republic’s operations in Latin America appear to have been proceeding underway, below the radar, for several decades.

Declassified Argentine intelligence reports also clearly show that Hezbollah had carried out a previous bombing, in 1992, of the Israeli Embassy — an attack in which 29 were killed and around 200 wounded.

Last month marked the third anniversary of the murder of Argentine prosecutor Alberto Nisman, who claimed to have evidence that would expose the role Argentina’s former president, Cristina Fernández de Kirchner, in obscuring Iran’s alleged responsibility for the attack. Nisman had been leading an investigation into both Iran’s potential role in the AMIA bombing and its possible cover-up by Kirchner.

Initially, Nisman’s death seemed to doom any chance that those who had committed this act of terror would ever be prosecuted. Argentinian protestors, however, questioned initial reports that he had committed suicide and demandedthat his death be investigated.

Nisman, who had publicly accused Kirchner of treason, was murdered by unknown assailants one day before he was officially to present his allegations against her.

https://www.gatestoneinstitute.org/11973/iran-hezbollah-argentina

http://www.jpost.com/OMG/Netflix-making-miniseries-about-murdered-Argentine-lawyer-Alberto-Nisman-542742

http://thejewishvoice.com/2018/02/21/new-netflix-series-focus-death-prosecutor-albert-nisman/

http://www.iranfocus.com/en/index.php?option=com_content&view=article&id=32517:iran-s-network-of-terrorism-in-latin-america&catid=9&Itemid=114

https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Death_of_Alberto_Nisman

https://fr.timesofisrael.com/netflix-cree-un-programme-sur-le-procureur-assassine-alberto-nisman/ (FRANCAIS)

https://fr.wikipedia.org/wiki/Alberto_Nisman (FRANCAIS)

https://www.infobae.com/politica/2018/02/27/muerte-de-nisman-una-de-las-querellas-pidio-que-se-investigue-a-cristina-kirchner/ (ESPANOL)

https://www.diariopopular.com.ar/politica/piden-investigar-cristina-la-muerte-nisman-n343917 (ESPANOL)

https://www.lanacion.com.ar/2113706-el-lamentable-salvataje-de-un-juez (ESPANOL)