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Iran News in Brief – February 2, 2021

A new wave of arrests began in Iranian Kurdistan. Security forces arrested three Kurdish citizens in past days
A new wave of arrests began in Iranian Kurdistan. Security forces arrested three Kurdish citizens in past days



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Iran: Jailed Iranian Kurdish Woman Tortured: Zeynab Jalalian

Amnesty International: Ministry of Intelligence agents are torturing Iranian Kurdish woman Zeynab Jalalian by deliberately denying her health care to coerce her into providing a videotaped “confession”. This intentional denial of health care is causing her severe pain and suffering, particularly as she has serious medical conditions, including post-Covid-19 breathing difficulty.

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Iran: Coronavirus Death Toll in 480 Cities Exceeds 209,700

The People’s Mojahedin Organization of Iran (PMOI/MEK) announced on Monday, February 1, 2021, that the Coronavirus death toll in 480 cities had exceeded 209,700. The number of victims in Tehran is 50,621, Isfahan 13,335, Khuzestan 10,430, Mazandaran 8,587, Qom 8,105, East Azerbaijan 7,978, Fars 6,342, Golestan 5,384, Sistan and Baluchestan 5,041, Hamedan 4,943, Kerman 4,654, Central Province 4,263, North Khorasan 3,238, Semnan 3,110, and Qazvin 2,274.

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New wave of arrests in Iranian Kurdistan

From left: Fardin Bayazidi, Vahed Sheikh Mohammadi and Mahmoud Mahmoudi

A new wave of arrests began in Iranian Kurdistan. Security forces arrested three Kurdish citizens in past days.

Mahmoud Mahmoudi, a journalist, was arrested on January 30, and the Intelligence agents took him to an undisclosed location. Mr. Mahmoudi comes from Sanandaj. He signed a letter by civil activists to free those recently arrested in Kurdistan.

Two other Kurdish citizens were arrested also on January 30, and the security forces took them to an undisclosed location. Vahed Sheikh Mohammadi is from Aliabad village and Fardin Bayazidi is from Oshnavieh. No reason has been presented for their arrests.

Iranian spy arrested by FBI was wolf in sheep’s clothing

When the FBI arrested Kaveh Lotfolah Afrasiabi, a prominent political scientist and self-styled expert on Iran, it should have sent shockwaves through Western media circles.

Afrasiabi had spent the past 13 years proclaiming the virtues of the Islamic Republic to U.S. lawmakers and media outlets. He was a skilled and trusted lobbyist, at least until the FBI uncovered the fact that he had been paid more than $265,000 through Iran’s Permanent Mission to the United Nations in New York, in flagrant breach of the Foreign Agents Registration Act. A press release from the U.S. Justice Department set out the charges now faced by Afrasiabi for “conspiring to act as an unregistered agent of the government of the Islamic Republic of Iran.”

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Abbas Dehghan sentenced to jail, flogging and payment of reparation

A Gonabadi Dervish, Abbas Dehghan, has received a prison sentence, in addition to flogging and payment of blood money. He is presently detained in the Greater Tehran Penitentiary (GTP).

Branch 28 of the Revolutionary Court of Tehran sentenced Abbas Dehghan to five years in prison on the charge of “assembly and collusion against national security.” Then, Branch 1146 of the Penal Court sentenced him to one year in prison plus 74 lashes for “disruption of public order,” to six months in jail on the charge of “insulting government agents,” to two years’ imprisonment and payment of 140 million Tomans in reparation on the charge of “beating and injuring members of the IRGC Bassij,” and to three years in prison for alleged “starting to kill a member of the IRGC Bassij.”

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Iranians Continue Protests; at Least Four Rallies and Strikes on January 31

On Sunday, January 31, different classes of Iran’s society held rallies in front of the Parliament (Majlis) and other administrative offices, protesting officials’ failure to resolve their dilemmas. In this respect, Iranians held at least four rallies and strikes in different areas.

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