Oxford Student Activist Mohammad Reza Jalaeipour In Solitary Confinement In Iran

An Iranian doctoral student at Oxford who campaigned in Iran last year for opposition leader Mir Hussein Musavi is being held in solitary confinement by Iranian authorities, his wife told RFE/RL’s Radio Farda.

Fatemeh Shams, who lives in England, told Radio Farda on June 22 that her husband, Mohammad Reza Jalaeipour, contacted his family six days after his June 14 arrest.

“In a short phone call, he told his mother that he was being held in solitary [confinement], but when asked in which prison, he remained silent,” Shams said. “So we don’t know in whose custody he is and why he is being detained.”

Jalaeipour, 27, is a member of the Third Wave campaign, a reformist youth movement that supported Musavi’s candidacy in the controversial presidential election in June 2009. He was first arrested on June 17, 2009, with street protests raging just five days after the disputed vote. He was released after spending 80 days in Tehran’s Evin prison.

Jalaeipour was rearrested on June 14, 2010, when he went to collect his passport, which had been confiscated from him earlier.

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