By Iran Probe Staff
Thursday, 8 February 2018
65 year old woman detained to serve prison term in Arak
Maryam Kalangari, 65, was transferred to Arak Central Prison to serve her prison term on January 13. Mrs. Kalangari was sentenced to five months of prison in court.
"The agents arrived at the house of Mrs. Kalangari in Arak and transferred her to the Central Prison in Arak, despite her poor medical condition which is not fit for prison”, an informed source said on Feb 6, to Harana, the website for Human Rights Activists in Iran.
Earlier on July 26, 2017, her brother Bijan Kalangari, 60, who also served a prison term during the 80’s, and her two sons Mojtaba Fouladi, 40 (bachelor's degree in accounting) and Meghdad Fouladi, 35, (Bachelor's degree in management) were arrested by the Arak Intelligence Agency and were each sentenced to 10 years of prison. The Kalangari family are survivors of the 1988 massacre of political prisoners.
Sunni political prisoner tortured to break hunger strike
A Sunni political prisoner Hamzeh Darvish, who is detained in Karaj’s Rajaie Shahr Prison was violently transferred from Section 10 to quarantine.
Alliance of Political prisoners reported on Feb 6, that the 23-year-old Sunni prisoner was severely tortured by the head of the prison during the transfer while he was on hunger strike. Agents demanded that he end his strike. He was thrown in quarantine for his bruised body to heal before being taken back to his section. Hamzeh was supposed to be transferred back on February 4, but agents threatened that if he continued his hunger strike he would be sent to a psychiatric hospital for a month where he would be shackled to his bed.
Hamzeh Darvish was sentenced to 18 years of prison on charges of illegally leaving the country and has gone on hunger strike to protest the sentence.
Girl protesting mandatory veil taken to notorious prison
Attorney of law, Nasrin Sotoudeh, who is representing Narges Hosseini, a woman who was arrested for taking off her veil in public in protest to the mandatory veil in Enghelab Street, said that the Culture and Guidance Court has brought heavy charges against her client. Thirty two year old Narges Hosseini, who is a graduate student in social sciences from Kashan, works in a government run company. She was transferred to Qarchak Prison in Varamin after a 135,000 dollar bail order was issued for her. She announced in court that she could not afford the bail.
The Culture and Guidance Court charged Narges with not complying with the religious hijab, carrying out a haram (forbidden) act and encouraging corruption.
According to article 638 of the Islamic Penal Code, women who take their veil off can be sentenced to two months of prison or 74 lashes.
According to article 639 of the Islamic Penal Code, encouraging corruption and immorality can carry a prison sentence of up to 10 years.