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Iran News in Brief – January 12, 2022

Coronavirus death toll in 547 cities is more than 337,500.



Maryam Rajavi’s Remarks at a Conference With Members of the French National Assembly


At the invitation of the French Parliamentary Committee for a Democratic Iran (CPID), Maryam Rajavi participated in a conference with the French National Assembly members on Wednesday, January 12, 2022. Ms. Michèle de Vaucouleurs, the CPID chair, opened the meeting by welcoming Maryam Rajavi. Ms. De Vauchouleurs reviewed the five-year activities and achievements of the Committee for a Democratic Iran during a full National Assembly term.

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IRGC Resorts to Conventional Artilary Against Civilians

زاهدان - شلیک راکتهای کاتیوشا توسط مزدوران سپاه پاسداران

On Tuesday, according to local sources, the Iranian Revolutionary Guards Corps (IRGC) deployed heavy Katyusha launchers and rocket-propelled grenades near the houses of the people in the villages of Shur, Southeastern Iran.

The recent move is taking place 10 days after the youth and locals (from the Baluchi minority) have been fighting the IRGC forces in different areas of Zahedan. The IRGC clearly wants to intimidate the locals and crush their defiance.


Iranian Regime Executed Two Protestors of the November 2019 Uprising


Today, the clerical regime announced it has already executed two people on charges of “setting fire to a gas station in Khorramabad” in November 2019, as well as killing two members of the regime’s security forces. The news was reported by the state media, quoting Mohammad Razmzohr, the head of the judiciary in Lorestan province, Western Iran. The identities of the executed, as well as the date of the execution, have not been disclosed.


Iran, Venezuela and Sudan Lose Un Voting Rights With 5 More


UNITED NATIONS — Iran, Venezuela and Sudan are in arrears on paying dues to the United Nations’ operating budget and are among eight nations that will lose their voting rights in the 193-member General Assembly, the U.N. chief said in a letter circulated Wednesday.

Also losing voting rights are Antigua and Barbuda, Republic of Congo, Guinea, Papua New Guinea and Vanuatu, Secretary-General Antonio Guterres said in the letter to General Assembly President Abdulla Shahid. The suspension takes effect immediately.

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Regime’s Parliament Calls For Crackdown on Internet

Icons of different apps in social media space

Following an increase of the nation’s expression of disgust and hatred against the Supreme Leader as well as the regime’s president, Ebrahim Raisi on social media, 180 members of the parliament issued a statement today, calling on the government and the judiciary to “deal with internet uses” and not to wait for the so-called “internet protection plan”.


Security Forces Killed Young Buidybuilder in Southwestern Iran


Security forces shot a young athlete and bodybuilding champion named Kamran Bazarkar in the city of Yasuj. According to local reports, the young athlete was shot by officers during a clash on the street in the Golestan neighborhood of the city.

Kiqbad Mostafaei, head of the provincial police forces claimed: “Last night, January 11, following a mass brawl on the streets, officers were dispatched to the scene and one of those involved in the fight was shot and he died despite medical treatment.”


US Treasury $5 Million Settlement with Hong Kong-based Company for Violation of Sanctions Against Tehran

US treasury departmentThe US Treasury Department’s Office of Foreign Assets Control (OFAC) has issued a statement announcing its settlement with Sojitz (Hong Kong).

The statement reads: “Sojitz (Hong Kong) Limited (“Sojitz HK”), a Hong Kong, China-based company that engages in offshore trading and cross-border trade financing, has agreed to pay $5,228,298 to settle its potential civil liability for apparent violations of the Iranian Transactions and Sanctions Regulations (ITSR).”


Us Senators Issue Scathing Remarks on Houthi Militia


DUBAI: US senators blasted Iran’s backing of the Houthi militia on Wednesday in the wake of the group’s military losses in Shabwa and Marib.

In a statement to Al-Arabiya, Republican Senator Marco Rubio, a member of the US Senate Committee on Foreign Affairs, labeled the Houthi militia as Iranian agents that destabilize the region, adding that it targets Saudi Arabia and its civilians.

“As long as the Houthis remain a proxy force for the Iranians, we will face a problem,” he said.

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Iran: Hasty adoption of Raisi’s budget plan and its consequences


On Sunday, January 9, the Iranian regime’s Majlis (parliament) hastily approved the government’s general budget for 2022-2023 with 174 votes in favor and 76 against. Meanwhile, many of the regime’s experts warn about the severe economic consequences of this budget, mainly the regime’s decision to remove the official exchange rate of 42,000 rials to a dollar.

The Iranian regime’s president, Ebrahim Raisi, addressed the parliament on Sunday, defending his government’s budget. As usual, Raisi denied the country’s current economic crunch, caused by systematic corruption, mismanagement, and ineptitude.

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Argentina Protests Iranian Suspect at Nicaragua Event


BUENOS AIRES, Argentina (AP) — The presence of a senior Iranian official at the investiture of Nicaragua’s president has angered Argentina, which alleges the official was involved in the 1994 bombing of a Jewish center in Buenos Aires that killed 85 people.

Argentina’s Foreign Ministry said Tuesday that the appearance of Mohsen Rezaei, the Iranian vice president for economic affairs, at the Nicaraguan ceremony on Monday was “an affront to Argentine justice and to the victims of the brutal terrorist attack″ in the Argentine capital.

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Flight PS752: The Lives and Hopes That Perished


Two years have passed since Tehran’s heartless and brutal regime stunned the world, yet another time. Everything seemed to be ready for Flight PS752 to depart from Tehran to Kyiv, Ukraine, in the early morning of January 8, 2020. In the plane, behind the cockpit was a cabin filled with 167 passengers. A large number of them headed to Canada via Ukraine: 55 citizens of this country, 30 permanent residents, and 53 more returning for studies and other reasons. Many had spent the Christmas holiday in Iran, visiting relatives, getting married, attending memorial services, etc.

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Former Iranian Regime Official States the Flight PS752 Was Shot Down to Prevent War With the U.S.

Iranian security forces shot down Ukrainian airliner on purpose—Iran news

A former Iranian regime official and his wife have spoken out about Flight PS752 that was shot down by the Iranian Revolutionary Guard Corps (IRGC) in January 2020, claiming that it was targeted by missiles in order to create a human shield against a presumed attack by the United States.

Mohammad-Hossein and Zeinab, the children of Mohsen Asadi-Iari, a former Minister in the Ministry of Health and Medical Education, and his wife Zahra Majd, were among the 176 passengers who were killed on the Ukraine International Airlines flight shortly after take-off from Tehran, headed towards the Ukrainian capital of Kyiv.

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Urgent Calls Made to Human Rights Organizations To Protect the Lives of Iranian Political Prisoners


Following two years of torture in prison, political prisoner Mohammad Javad Vafaei has been sentenced to death by the Iranian regime’s judiciary. Vafaei, aged 26, a boxing champion from Mashhad, was arrested in March 2020 on the charges of supporting the Iranian opposition group, the People’s Mojahedin Organization of Iran (PMOI/MEK), corruption, and ‘inciting and destroying certain places’.

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Aliyeh Motallebzadeh Is Exiled to Qarchak Prison


On the orders of Tehran’s Prosecutor, the authorities of Evin Prison sent Aliyeh Motallebzadeh, to exile in Qarchak Prison on Monday, January 10, 2022. An informed source said after the announcement of this news, all the phones in the women’s ward of Evin were disconnected Monday afternoon.

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Iran: COVID-19 Fatalities Surpass 496,800


The People’s Mojahedin Organization of Iran (PMOI/MEK) announced on Tuesday, January 11, 2022, that the COVID-19 fatalities in 547 cities have surpassed 496,800. In Tehran, the number of victims has reached 116,080, Khorasan Razavi 40,035, Gilan 17,235, Lorestan 16,430, Kerman 13,402, Kermanshah 9,299, Yazd 8,223, Qazvin 5,834, and Zanjan 4,775.

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