May 1 Detainees Banned from Visitation

Friday 8 May 2009

Change For Equality – Families of the activists arrested on May 1st are still encountering contradictory responses from the officials. One of those gathered in front of the Revolutionary Courts to pursue the situation of her relative says: “They do not let us visit the responsible officials. They just give us misleading information.” She adds: “Despite the fact that reportedly the interrogations have concluded, the detention [of our family members continues] which is against the law.”

Since May 1st, the families of those imprisoned during a protest commemorating International Worker’s Day have submitted two letters, to Judiciary Chief Mahmoud Hashemi Shahroudi and Islamic Revolutionary Court of Tehran, denying any crime committed by the activists and demanding the prompt and unconditional release of all of the detainees.

Today, the police forces dispersed the crowd which had gathered in front of the Revolutionary Courts in an effort to follow the case of their detained family members. Police those present outside the courts that should they not disperse they would be arrested.

Meanwhile some family members of those detained on May 1 went to Evin prison in the hopes of being able to visit with their loved ones. At Evin prison, they were told by officials that Judge Haddad, Chief Prosecutor of the Security Branch at the Revolutionary Courts, had issued a ban on visits for those detained on May 1.

On May 1, 2009 over 150 peaceful protesters were arrested as they prepared to commemorate International Workers Day. Among them were several members of the Campaign, including, Nikzad Zanganeh, Amir Yaghoubali, Taha Valizadeh, Pouria Poshtareh, Kaveh Mozaffari and Jelveh Javaheri. Security forces went to the homes of Amir Yaghoubali and Kaveh Mozafari after their arrest to search the premises. While searching the home of Kaveh Mozzafari, officials also arrested Jelve Javaheri his wife, who was not at the protest, but simply at her own home. .


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