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Iran News in Brief – January 12, 2021

Evin neighborhood in the north of Tehran, the capital of Iran. Evin Prison is located in the Evin neighborhood of Tehran, Iran. The prison has been the primary site for the housing of Iran's political prisoners since 1972
Evin neighborhood in the north of Tehran, the capital of Iran. Evin Prison is located in the Evin neighborhood of Tehran, Iran. The prison has been the primary site for the housing of Iran’s political prisoners since 1972

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UPDATE: 6:30 PM CET

Iran set to execute second wrestler Mehdi Ali Hosseini amid outcry

Iranian wrestler Mehdi Ali Hosseini
Iranian wrestler Mehdi Ali Hosseini

LONDON: The Iranian regime is set to execute a second wrestler just months after it hanged champion athlete Navid Afkari amid international pleas for clemency.

Mehdi Ali Hosseini, 29, was arrested in 2015 and charged with murder following a group brawl. Britain’s Daily Mail newspaper reported that he is expected to be imminently executed because the victim’s family refused to pardon him.

Ali Safavi, an official from the foreign affairs committee of the Paris-based National Council of Resistance of Iran (NCRI), told Arab News that the NCRI and other regime critics “strongly condemn the ruling religious dictatorship for its intention to execute” Hosseini.

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Pompeo, in Tuesday speech, to accuse Iran of al Qaeda links: sources

WASHINGTON (Reuters) – U.S. Secretary of State Mike Pompeo plans to use newly declassified U.S. intelligence on Tuesday to publicly accuse Iran of ties to al Qaeda, two people familiar with the matter said, as part of his last-minute offensive against Tehran before handing over to the incoming Biden administration.

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Iranian education official: Around 30% of students are deprived of education


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Iran: The Staggering Coronavirus Death Toll in 478 Cities Exceeded 200,000

The People’s Mojahedin Organization of Iran (PMOI/MEK) announced on Monday, January 11, 2021, that the staggering Coronavirus death toll in 478 cities had exceeded 200,000. The number of victims in Tehran is 48,921, Khorasan Razavi 13,585, Isfahan 12,540, Qom 7,800, Mazandaran 7,782, West Azerbaijan 7,398, Gilan 7,070, Fars 6,100, Alborz 5,200, Sistan and Baluchestan 4,846, Kerman 4,416, Central Province 4,133, Yazd 3,572, Kurdistan 3,416, Ardabil 2,467, Qazvin 2,102, Ilam 2,071, South Khorasan 1,886, Chaharmahal and Bakhtiari 1,580, and Kohgiluyeh and Boyer-Ahmad 1,464.

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Iranian intelligence services crack down on female rights activists

Darya Talebani (left) and Azimeh Nassri
Darya Talebani (left) and Azimeh Nassri

Darya Talebani and Azimeh Nassri were arrested on January 9, 2021.

Agents of the Department of Intelligence of Bukan arrested Azimeh Nassri and took her to an undisclosed location. Simultaneously, five civil activists including Darya Talebani were arrested by intelligence services in Mahabad. Both cities are located in Kurdistan Province.

Security forces arrested two student activists in the dormitory of the University of Karaj and transferred them to an undisclosed location.

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Iran’s 2021 budget: Dangerous instability and hyperinflation

In the latest World Bank estimate of Iran’s economy, the statistics show negative economic growth and a shrinking economy.

According to a World Bank report, Iran’s economy has shrunk by 16.5 percent over the past three years. For the deprived people who barely make ends meet and millions of hungry people, this means that their tables are getting even smaller and emptier.

The notable point in this report is the forecast of economic growth of 1.5 percent next year, which is rejected by both economists inside the regime and a report by the Majlis (parliament) Research Center.

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Executions in Iran to Mark the New Year

The arrival of 2021 was celebrated by most of the world as a turning point and a chance to put all the troubles of the previous year behind them, but the Iranian regime has spent the beginning of this year increasing pressure on Iranians, who are already grappling with poverty and the pandemic.

On Sunday, they executed Hadi Hosseini Mirak—a 26-year-old auto-mechanic engineering student and expert at the Iran Khodro institution—in Ardebil Central Prison.

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Growing protest movements are a warning for Iran’s regime

On Sunday, pensioners and welfare receivers held a protest rally in front of the Majlis (parliament) in Tehran and in the cities of Rasht, Ahvaz, Isfahan, Arak, Khoram Abad, Shiraz, Qazvin, Tabriz, Mashhad, Kermanshah, Hamedan, Karaj, Esfarayen, Borujerd, Shush, and Ilam. The pensioners, whose demands have been ignored by regime authorities for months, were chanting:

We will not rest until we get our rights
Our rights will be restored in the streets
Retirees, workers, we will stand till the end
High prices, inflation, are destroying the people’s lives

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A month after violent transfer of Golrokh Iraee from Qarchak to Evin Prison, there is still no information on her condition


Iran sentences 3 people including woman to 99 lashes for extramarital relationship

IRAN: Prisoner Flogged in Public in Ahvaz

Iran state-run daily reported today that two Iranians, a man and a woman, were sentenced to 99 lashes each by the by a court in Tehran for having a relationship outside of marriage.

The report said their sentence was confirmed yesterday in the 17th Branch of the Supreme Court. The man and woman were identified as Leyla and Keivan.

In another case on January 9, a man identified as Ramin was sentenced to 99 lashes for having a relationship with a girl out of wedlock in Tehran. Ramin’s sentence was also upheld by the Supreme Court and was issued for implementation.

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Iranians Continue Protests; at Least Eight Rallies and Strikes on January 10

On January 10, Iranian citizens held at least eight rallies and strikes across the country to vent their anger and disappointment toward the status quo. In this respect, hundreds of retirees once again came to the streets in more than 17 cities in various provinces.

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Iranians Continue Protests; at Least Eight Rallies and Strikes on January 10


Iran news in brief, January 12, 2021

Iran news in brief, January 12, 2021


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