Rahana: Mostafa Tajzadeh, member of the Islamic Iran Participation Front (Jebhe-ye Mosharekat) and Islamic Revolution Mujahedin Organization. Tajzadeh was a high official, serving as Deputy Interior Minister in the Khatami cabinet and Interim Head of the Interior Ministry after the sitting Minister, Abdollah Nouri, was impeached. Prior to that, he had served as Deputy Minister of Culture and Islamic Guidance in the Mir Hossein Mousavi cabinet during the time Mohammad Khatami was Minister of Culture. Tajzadeh also worked at Hamahsahri Newspaper.
On 13 June 2009, only one day after the disputed presidential election, Tajzadeh was arrested. He spent about four months inside solitary cells at Evin Prison, where he was pressured to give television interviews and confessions. He was finally transferred to Evin's General Ward on 14 October 2009. During the first 100 days of his arrest, Tajzadeh was not allowed contact with his family and lawyer.
Tajzadeh was one of dozens of individuals arrested following the election who were tried during a group trial at Branch 15 of Tehran Revolutionary Court under Judge Salavati. The trials, which were later referred to as "show trials," convened without the presence of the suspects' lawyers and their families and government media reported on their proceedings. Tajzadeh and his party faced heavy charges in his indictment. During the fourth session of the trial on 24 August 2009, many detainees who had been under pressure and torture were forced to make confessions against themselves. Tajzadeh attended two more trial sessions, but did not offer any defense and did not allow his lawyers to defend him, either. His charges were "assembly and collusion with the intent to disrupt national security," "propagating against the state," "insulting the authorities," and "keeping classified documents." On 17 April 2010, Tajzadeh was sentenced to six years in prison and ten years' ban on activities in parties and media. Tajzadeh did not appeal the court's decision and it became final.
After nine months in prison, on 10 March 2010, Tajzadeh was granted furlough and was temporary released. He had refused to post bail and his release was made possible without posting bail.
Tajzadeh was one of seven leading reformists who filed a law-suit against several commanders of the Islamic Revolutionary Guards Corp (IRGC) for their alleged intervention in Iran’s rigged presidential elections. When he refused the Intelligence Ministry's demand that he "take back his lawsuit," he was arrested again on 15 August 2010 and transferred to solitary cells inside IRGC's Ward 2-a at Evin Prison, banned from having visitations. Eleven months' detention inside solitary cells led to a deterioration of Tajzadeh's health. He was allowed six days of leave in June 2011, five days in August 2011, and one day of leave in March 2012, after which he was immediately transferred back to prison. Tajzadeh has embarked on several hunger strikes to protest inhumane prison conditions.
Tajzadeh has written several letters from prison which have angered the authorities who have in turn put him inside Evin Prison's Methadone Ward, a ward generally reserved for hardcore criminals and drug addicts. His wife, Fakhrossadat Mohtashamipour, was also arrested and detained for several weeks in 2011, after she engaged in activities to protest her husband's detention and to form a support group for prisoner families.
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