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Iranian student activist Behrouz Javid Tehrani released after seven years in from Rajai Shahr Prison

Behrouz Javid Tehrani, political prisoner, was released this evening after seven years from Rajai Shahr Prison in the city of Karaj A Harana reporter from Karaj reported that he was one of the protesters on the 18th of Tir in 1378 (July 9, 1999). He was arrested again in front of the UN builidng in Tehran in 1383 (2004) in support of political prisoners. In 1384 (2005) he was arrested because he was accused of being affiliated with the groups that were trying to overthrow the governement. He was sentenced to seven years in prison along with seventy four slashes by Judge Haddad (Hassan Zare Dehnavi) in the 26th Branch of the Revolutionary Court without a lawyer .
In a court of appeal his sentence was reduced to four years along with seventy four slashes, which was exercised last year .
Behrouz Javid Tehrani was in and out of jail since he was 19 years old adding up to a total of 11 years of his life spent in jail .
Complete Report on Behrouz Javid-Tehrani’s Six Years in Prison
Behrouz Javid-Tehrani has been incarcerated since 2005 and has not been granted furlough since then .
Behrouz Javid Tehrani, 30, is a political and student activist. He was first arrested following the July 9, 1999 student protests. He was sentenced to 8 years in prison for acting against national security. His mother passed away while he was in prison and the judicial authorities did not allow him to attend her memorial service. Subsequently, the appeals court reduced his 8 year prison sentence to 4 years. Javid-Tehrani was released in 2003 after the judge suspended 3 years of his imprisonment and released him conditionally .
Javid-Tehrani continued his political activities after his release. In 2004, he was arrested twice in Tehran and was transferred to Evin Prison. He was detained on July 9, 2004 and a case was filed against him. He was arrested for participating in the protests in support of political prisoners in front of the UN Office in Tehran .
He was also a member of the Democratic Party of Iran which eventually ended up being one of his charges. In 2005, he distributed statements and posters and wrote political slogans on the walls in order to object to the non-democratic way the 2005 election was run. His other activities included collecting money for the families of political prisoners and producing short movies of his interviews with the political prisoners. One of the interviews included an interview with Akbar Mohammadi during his furlough .
He was also active as a blogger after his release; “Glossary of Prison Terms”(Farhangeh Estelahateh Zendan) is the name of one of his blogs .
In May of 2005, he was once again arrested at his residence. He was held in the solitary confinement units of Ward 209 under severe psychological and physical condition. He filed a complaint against his interrogator due to the impact from the beatings on his head which had led to his vision loss. The complaint was never reviewed .
The prison had confirmed that he was tortured but did not allow him to receive medical attention. The injuries inflicted by the interrogators included wounds and bruises on his body and loss of 50% of his vision .
During his days in solitary confinement, he went on hunger strike for 18 days but the authorities still failed to provide him with medical attention .
Charges and Court Verdict
He was tried without a lawyer in the 26th branch of the Revolutionary Court presided by Judge Haddad. He was sentenced to 7 years in prison and 74 lashes for anti-regime propaganda, insulting the Supreme Leader, membership in the Democratic Party of Iran and collaborating with MKO. The appeals court reduced the sentence to 4 years of imprisonment and 74 lashes .
In 2007, his prior 3 year suspended imprisonment sentence was carried out by Judge Salavati. He has served his 4.5 year sentence from the 2004 case and is currently serving the sentence for the 1999 crackdown on the student movement .
His 74 lashes sentence was carried out in October of 2010 in Rajaei Shahr Prison .
In August of 2004, he was transferred to Rajaei Shahr Prison after 3 months of solitary confinement in Karaj Rajaei Shahr Prison. He was taken to Ward 6 and went on hunger strike upon his arrival. In April of 2005, he was summoned to the revolutionary Court for his case from 2003 .
In 2005, Javid-Tehrani was attacked by several dangerous criminals in the presence of prison authorities but the guards failed to protect him. He was injured during the attack. The attack took place after the memorial he had held for Akbar Mohammadi in prison .
During his detention, he has been beaten and insulted by prison authorities numerous times and has been transferred to the solitary confinement unit of Rajaei Shahr Prison many times. He has also complained several times since he has been transferred from one ward to another several times. In May of 2007, he got into a verbal argument with a prison guard and was beaten and transferred to solitary confinement for 15 days .
He went on a hunger strike after being transferred to solitary confinement in May of 2009. He was beaten by the authorities in solitary confinement while he was handcuffed and he did not end his hunger strike until he was transferred out of solitary confinement after 23 days
In March of 2009, he was once again transferred to solitary confinement and began a hunger strike. While he was held in the inhumane conditions in solitary confinement, the prison authorities told him that he either has to remain in solitary confinement or to transfer to the ward for dangerous criminals. He reacted to the condition by going on hunger strike .
In May of 2010, he was one again transferred to solitary confinement; during his detention, he has been transferred to solitary confinement at least once each year.He was held in the appalling conditions of the solitary confinement for over a month .
In December of 2009, he was transferred to Ward 3 of Rajaei Shahr Prison. In May of 2011, he was serving his sentence while he has never been granted furlough. In June of 2011, he was transferred to Ward 240 of Evin Prison along with 3 other prisoners. After one month of incarceration in the solitary confinement unit of Ward 240, the judicial authorities have not announced a reason .
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Persian Article: http://www.rahana.org/archives/43479

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