11 July 2006

Ramin Jahanbegloo Update

I had posted earlier on the detention of political theorist Ramin Jahanbegloo by the Iranian authorities. Here is an update on his status from Mcleans that points out that since late April Jahanbegloo has been "locked in Tehran's notorious Evin prison, where Canadian photojournalist Zahra Kazemi was beaten to death in 2003." It also indicates that the Canadian government is making "little headway" in securing his realease. What follows is part of a recent article from the NY Times:

IRAN AGAIN REJECTS DEADLINE ON NUCLEAR PROPOSAL
By Nazla Fahti
(NY Times - Published 2 July 2006)

"[ . . . ] In a separate news conference today, the minister of intelligence, Gholamhossein Mohseni-Ejei, linked the arrest of an Iranian-Canadian philosopher, Ramin Jahanbegloo, to what he said were efforts by the United States to start a "soft revolution" in Iran. Mr. Jahanbegloo has been jailed since late April after he was arrested at the Tehran airport.

"The United States is pursuing efforts to start soft revolution in Iran and in many other countries and Mr. Jahanbegloo's arrest can be defined as part of that," ISNA quoted Mr. Mohseni-Ejei as saying.

"Mr. Jahanbegloo had an assignment and the intelligence apparatus became suspicious at the scale of his activities and resources" at his disposal, he said.

Mr. Mohseni-Ejei said a decision on Mr. Jahanbegloo's case would be made after his interrogation was finished.
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FURTHER UPDATE 7/20: Here are additional links that may prove helpful [1] [2]

Mr. Jahanbegloo has been barred from access to a lawyer. Independent human rights groups have said his arrest was politically motivated. "

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