6 , July , 2010
Mehdi Khodaei, human rights activist and former secretary of the reformist Students Islamic Association of Azad University -Shahre Rey branch presented his last defence in branch 3 of Evin interrogation court presided by Mr. Kiamanesh.
RAHANA- Mehdi Khodaei has been detained in the IRGC-controlled security ward 2-A since March 2, 2010. Although his official charges have not been indicted yet, it is assumed that human rights activities are among those charges.According to RAHANA’s reporter, his interrogators and the judiciary officials persist on the continued detention of this human rights activist although his interrogations were over a long time ago. During his detention, Khodaei has been under intense pressure to accept the accusations and make forced confessions. He is currently confined in solitary inside Evin ward 2-A which is controlled by IRGC Intelligence Section and beyond the provision of Prisons Organization.On March 2 and 3, 2010, almost 20 human rights activists were arrested by IRGC intelligence agents and have been under various pressures during detention. Abdolreza Ahmadi, a member of Iran Human Rights House (IRHI, formerly RAHANA) was among those arrested on march 3 and is currently detained in the security ward 2-A.
Previously in Summer 2008, Mehdi Khodaei was arrested and detained in Evin ward 209 for 40 days. He had been also suspended from his studies for multiple semesters by Azad University – Shahre Rey branch because of his student activities.