PR 81
18 October 2010

ICAS and ICAE has received news that at least two of the four people arrested last Sunday 10 October in Tabriz, Iran are due to appear in court tomorrow, Tuesday 19 October 2010. Sakineh Mohammadi Ashtiani’s 22 year old son, Sajjad Ghaderzadeh, and her lawyer, Houtan Kian, were with two German journalists when the Islamic regime’s forces raided the house and arrested all four. Only the arrests of the two journalists have been confirmed officially and there is no information on the well being of the four men. They are being held in a secret prison unit in Tabriz and have been interrogated over the last week. According to our information they have been interrogated about their contact with foreign media and it is particularly Sajjad Ghaderzadeh who has been put under extensive pressure.

We condemn the arrests and demand the immediate release of Sajjad Ghaderzadeh, Houtan Kian and the two German journalists as well as Sakineh Mohammadi Ashtiani.

International Committee against Stoning
International Committee against Execution
18 October 2010

For more information contact:
Spokesperson Mina Ahadi
0049 1775692413

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