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Gooya newsonline reporting from "ILNA" ( Iran Labor News Agency) :
"Mr. Khalil Bahramian" the lawyer of Mr. Heshmatollah Tabarzadi (Who is presently in prison) reported of his request from the judiciary power to review on the sentences that was given to his client. Mr. Hesmatollah Tabarzadi was chrged with the " Insult to the leader of the Islamic Republic" and " Action against national security " . For the first charge he was given 2 years imprisonment and for the 2nd charges he recieved 5 years imprisonment plus 10 years ban from social rights.
Mr. Tabarzadi was the editor in chief of Weekly " Payame Daneshju" ( Weekly Student Message)and is a political prisoner.He is the general secretary of the "Iran Democratic Front( IDF)" and currently is in Evin prison ( Labor section # 350 ) .
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Also on this issue by Amnesty International:
Heshmatollah Tabarzadi, age 39, journalist
Hossein Kashani, journalist
Amnesty International is concerned for the safety of Heshmatollah Tabarzadi, editor-in-chief of the weekly newsletter Hoveyat-e-Khish (Our Identity), and Hossein Kashani, its director, who have been arrested after questioning about publishing information contrary to "public order and the public interest". On 16 June 1999, Hossein Kashani was summoned to a tribunal at the office of the revolutionary prosecutor, in Evin prison, and arrested after questioning.
Heshmatollah Tabarzadi was called to the same office for questioning the following day, and was also arrested. They have both been detained in Evin prison since then, and have not been granted access to family or legal representation.
The precise charges brought against them are not clear and have not been officially announced. Before Hossein Kashani was arrested the Ministry of Culture and Islamic Guidance issued a statement saying that it intended to charge Hoveyat-e-Khish with publishing "deceitful and offensive" articles.
Heshmatollah Tabarzadi gave a radio interview the day before his arrest, in which he reportedly criticised aspects of government policy. He also reportedly criticised President Khatami's position on the arrest of at least 13 people, thought to include Iranian Jews, rabbis and religious teachers, who have been charged with espionage and spying for the USA and Israel (see UA 133/99, MDE 13/11/99, 8 June 1999).
Hoveyat-e-Khish has only published three issues to date. Heshmatollah Tabarzadi was previously the editor of the student newsletter Payam-e Daneshjou (Students' Message), which was banned after complaints from a number of government officials.
In 1998, shortly after he had reportedly criticised the Iranian leadership in Payam-e Daneshjou, he was attacked and beaten by a group of unknown men who raided the office of the Islamic Students' Association. He is now the president of the Association as well as the editor-in-chief of Hoveyat-e-Khish.
On 25 May 1999, shortly before he was scheduled to speak at a protest rally at Tehran University, student activist Manuchehr Mohammadi was attacked and driven off in a car by five unknown men. Gholamreza Mohajeri-Nezhad, another student leader, was also detained on 30 May. They were released at the beginning of June, but a number of people who attended the rally are said to be still in fear for their safety (see UA MDE 13/09/99, 26 May 1999 and UA MDE 13/12/99, 11 June 1999).