Mostafa Tajzadeh: Prisoner of the day

Reformist sentenced to six years in prison

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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all those political-prisoners and their families

by amirparvizforsecularmonarchy on

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There were terrorists and then there were liars like in the video, posted in the article above.  Shahs time really was not what was and is being portrayed by anti-monarchists and anti-pahlavists.  Watch their actions and see who they serve and how.  All This is because Iran is going through a WAR and Propaganda is the first tool of WAR, it is known as neocolonialsim and morons like you and other Iranians are the victims of it.  Iran will be long gone if we leave it up to anti-monarchists like you who are livig the delusion that the west wants to help Iran be a democracy out of the goodness of their ideals.

Darius Kadivar

Zendanian who is "we" ?...

by Darius Kadivar on


Since you lack the decency, not to mention the coherence to

by Zendanian on

understand exactly what SECTARIAN means, and since all you dimwit, nitwit, twit little monarchist act like all other ahole SECTARIANS, you are deemed beneath a response.

We're certain that all those political-prisoners and their families, who were jailed, tortured and killed by your thug shah, really miss him very much. NOT.


An injury to one is an injury to all.


your daily Monarchist diatribe and rant, and yet pollute this???

by amirparvizforsecularmonarchy on

Is that your Guilt coming through?

As an Iranian, Who has witnessed so may crimes against the Iranian people I do not expect guilt from Anti-Monarchists, who are infact Anti-Iranian and in practice Nowkar Amrika (for bringing Iran to her knees which Amrika has succeeded in doing by bringing khomeini to power & supporting mullahs privately while publicly condemning them).

What I expect as An Iranian is for other Iranians to unite together and flush out, those who hide behind political prisoners suffering, "Zedanian" without teaching any important and essential "lessons learned for Iranians".  Also what I expect from despicable, filthy, nasty characters of Iranian origin who acted to make these ongoing crimes possible and refuse to be honestly sorry for what they did and honestly change themselves is to experience  pashimoon boodaneh dardnak.  Thats going to very hard for people who are not sorry, have shown no heart, feel no feelings, are easily duped and live a life by "only" using others to reach their own goals at the expense of the children of Iran, their future, their history, and their Iranian culture.  Yet we do need certain Iranians, who are still Anti-Monarchist, to take a moment and experience shame, every single time we see the suffering of Iranians, which is highlighted responsibly on this site daily.  Please be big enough to appologize, maybe even right here on this blog, for having a hand in the suffering of the Iranian people and of course for being traitors to both king and country.


درود بر مصطفی تاجزاده. درود بر تمام زندانیان سیاسی


And thank you Zendaanian for speaking for our political prisoners and against secterianism. 

"Personal business must yield to collective interest."


DK, as usual per your Modus Operandi diatribe is all yours and

by Zendanian on

your monarchist ilke.

To enlighten your most gullible, sectarian, ignorant mind I'm not a Green supporter, and this "Zendanina " avatar is used by more than one user. Our goal since day one on IC has been to shed light on the plight of political prisoners in Iran.

In fullfiling our task we have raised attention to the plight of: Gunabadi Darvishes, Bahais, Labor activists, Iranian-Arabs, Kurds, Baluch, Feminists, Student activists, Political activists,... and any and all type of Political Prisoners in Iran. A simple task that monarchists  and all other sectarians have failed to do so.

Obviously such a non-sectarian approach and mode of operation to movement building is simply beyond feeble sectarain minds, such as yours; dedicated solely to "promotion" of your bankrupt, discredited, washed up little group.

Furthermore we emphasis the fact there are plenty of spaces in here and elsewhere to raise your useless sectarian feces. Out of respect to our courageous political prisoners we should devote the "Prisoner of the Day" column only to promotion of their freedom, and not to anything else but that.


An injury to one is an injury to all.

Darius Kadivar

Zendanian and maybe you should learn to read and Listen ...

by Darius Kadivar on

and be less gullible before passing judgment on others ... 


No one is justifying the imprisonement of any political prisoner here, let alone torture.  


If anything is a diatribe here it is  your Green Leader's continuous endorsement of the Islamic Republic's Constitution born from the Revolution they continue to glorify despite all the human rights violations that have taken place for the past 3 decades and not merely since 2009 which woke up you Gullible Lot to the dark reality of your Joon Joony Republic.


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We can see the regular Tolerance displayed by you Pro Greens on a daily basis:


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Iran doesn't ONLY belong to You Folks merely because you think you have been victims of the Monster you or your parents created 33 years ago which sent most of us to exile only to see you folks join our misreable lot in turn.


Others have suffered far more deeply than meets the eye:


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If you don't like the Monarchy or Monarchists Fine ...


But then don't try to define something you clearly don't understand and Don't blame the Monarchy for your Own Misery ! 




Is this column for solidarity with Political Prisoners in Iran?

by Zendanian on

Or just another cyber venue to score petty political points and settle frivolous accounts that have nothing to do with Political Prisoners in Iran?

No wonder the readership of the site gets smaller and smaller by the day. The tone of discussion here just gets more base and degenerate as time goes by.

And how desperate could one be when you have all these other options on this site and other sites for your daily Monarchist diatribe and rant, and yet pollute this column as well?

Obviously very desperate. 


An injury to one is an injury to all.


Most Ayatollahs and Mollahs know they made a mistake in 1979

by amirparvizforsecularmonarchy on

It is Important that Secular Muslims of Iran rejoice regarding the late shah of Irans years as king of Iran and the countrys first ever push towards industrialization.  Mullahs need to be open regarding their support for a separation of church and state "secularism" and show their appreciation for the Shah-han-shahi of Iran, specifically the service of the pahlavi family for Iran.  Some Ayatollahs are too deeply involved with the corrupt islamic authorities and wll go down with the ship, but not most and so as pressure builds on Khameneii's team by the USA trying to support another group of mollahs, Irans Ayatollahs need to stand firmly against this as well as take some accountability for having mislead so many people towards their deaths and tortures during and after 1979. Religion will only be able to function outside government in a society that is free to debate its value or lack of value.  The next few years are the end of Islamic tyranny over Iran, Mollahs can have a say in what comes next and like tajzadeh either their honesty will come through or we will receive even more dishonesty from them which can harm Iran even more than they already have.  IRI's Ship is sunk and now is the time to act based on lessons learned from 1979.  

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Arrested For a very good reason From an IRI perspective that is

by Darius Kadivar on

Mostafa Tajzadeh:Former deputy Interior Minister's speech a month before June 2009 elections (Who Recently was on a Hunger Strike protest before making a U Turn and rallying the IRI Official Stance on the Election Results (See Khodnevis' Shahram Fereidoun's Article Here):

Tajzadeh ( his name means "born with a Crown") speaks about all the social Freedoms which existed prior to the revolution and Khomeiny's desire to change the Constitution.





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Defend and support Mostafa Tajzadeh!

by Zendanian on

Sample Protest letter:

Dear  virtual family, please take a moment to send this protest letter or use your own version.

Please keep in mind that as we're entering Spring,  for our most courageous political prisoners there will be no Spring to be exprienced; apart from their family members, deprived of the most basic rights inside jails of IR.

Sending a letter would take only a few moments for us, but it would mean so much for them. Many thanks in advance.


Free Mostafa Tajzadeh!

I (we) am (are) writing this to condemn persecution and incarceration  of  political activists in Iran. Political activists in Iran are constantly harassed by officials of Islamic Republic.

In particular, this letter is written to express my (our) serious concern about the  health and well being of Mr. Mostafa Tajzadeh.

I (we) demand the immediate and unconditional freedom of  Mr. Mostafa Tajzadeh, and all other political prisoners, and call on the Islamic Republic of Iran to respect the right of all Iranians to  , organize, assemble and freedom of association and expression.




Send Copy of your Protest Letters to:

info@leader.ir, info@judiciary.ir, dr-ahmadinejad@president.ir; iran@un.int; ijpr@iranjudiciary.org, info@dadiran.ir, office@justice.ir, support@irimlsa.ir; info@humanrights-iran.ir


An injury to one is an injury to all.


درود بر تمام ایرانیان مبارز


Iranian of all walks of life, including past IRI members are uniting in their opposition to this tyranny and dictatorship, IRI.  As a result, they are paying a hefty price for their stands and need our full support for their immediate and unconditional freedom. My hats off to each and every one of these brave souls.


'Hambastegi' is the main key to victory 



Dorood to Tajzadeh & his wife

by Azarbanoo on

and all who are fighting for justice , freedom in IRAN against this barbaric islamic regime.