20 political prisoners released on furlough

September 16, 2010 - 0:0

TEHRAN -- Iran has granted furloughs to 20 political prisoners.

However, their names will not be announced so that they can spend their leave without any problems, “but of course as long as they act according to the furlough rules,” Tehran Prosecutor General Abbas Jafari Dolatabadi told reporters on Wednesday.
Bail money for female U.S. citizen is in Melli Bank’s branch in Oman
Dolatabadi also said the bail money for Sarah Shourd, one of three U.S. citizens who were detained in Iran, was deposited in the Judiciary’s account in a branch of Iran’s Melli Bank in Muscat, Oman.
Sarah Shourd was released from prison on Tuesday on bail of $500,000.
Litigation against Mahdi Hashemi pending until court hearing held
The Tehran prosecutor general stated that Mahdi Hashemi was subpoenaed last year and the fact that he is not in Iran does not mean his dossier is not going through the judicial process.
Since Hashemi is out of the country, the procedure is different, so more time is needed, Dolatabadi explained, adding that Hashemi is still a defendant and whenever he comes back to Iran, his court hearing will begin.
Assaulters of Karroubi’s house not handed over to Judiciary
Dolatabadi said nobody charged with assaulting the house of former presidential candidate Mahdi Karroubi has been handed over to Judiciary officials.
Certain elements attacked the opposition leader’s home just hours before the beginning of the rallies to mark International Qods Day on September 3.
Tehran Police Chief Hossein Sajedinia announced on Monday that 100 people who gathered in front of Karroubi’s house on September 3 have been identified.
Permission granted to send Safai Farahani from prison to hospital
The Tehran prosecutor general also said permission has been granted to transfer Mohsen Safai Farahani, who was arrested during the post-election unrest last year, from prison to a hospital.
He added that Farahani had been sick before he was arrested and his family was told that he could be sent to a hospital.
However, Farahani received medical care during his incarceration, he added.
Insulting the country’s officials is a crime
Dolatabadi said anyone who insults government officials, including the heads of the three branches of government, the Supreme Leader, and the Assembly of Experts chairman, has committed a crime.
The Prosecutor General’s Office will deal with anybody who commits such an offence, he added.
Some people expect the Prosecutor General’s Office to allow certain offenders to get away with their offences, but the Prosecutor General’s Office will deal with every offender in the same way, he stated.
He also said four people who insulted the president have been identified and will be tried.
Leaders of sedition will be tried
The leaders of the post-election sedition of summer 2009 should be aware that they will be brought to trial because people have filed lawsuits against them, Dolatabadi stated.
Their trials will be held when it is prudent for the Islamic system and when public opinion is ready, he added.
Prison is not a place for exchanging information
Prison is not a place for issuing statements or exchanging information, Dolatabadi noted.
He said an inmate who was allowed to have a visitor on Tuesday tried to give the visitor a diary placed in a bottle of milk, but the prison guards caught them in the act.
“We do not say that writing memoirs is impermissible, but is prison a place for exchanging information?” he asked.