Sunday, 27 February 2011
Persian2/2011-02-27 – On February 24th, a few security officials transferred starred student Zia Nabavi from Ahvaz prison to an undisclosed location.
According to Daneshjoo news, there is still no information regarding the reason for transfer. Zia Nabavi is the spokesperson for the Council to Defend the Right to Education. An informed source told Daneshjoo News that on February 24th, security agents accompanied by Ahvaz prison officials first asked Zia Nabavi to gather his belongings then took him to an undisclosed location, without providing an explanation. So far, no explanation has been given by either the security authorities or Ahvaz prison officials.
In recent months, the judicial and security officials in Ahwaz have increased the pressure on Zia Nabavi so much that in the last family prison visit, based on an order from judicial authorities, prison officials only allowed Zia Nabavi to meet with his family for a few seconds. They were separated by a glass window and were able to meet for a few minutes. During the visit, Zia Nabavi was mistreated by prison officials and was subjected to two extreme bodily searches.
Seyed Zia Nabavi has been sentenced to ten years in prison to be served in exile in Karoun ‘Ahvaz’ prison. He has been detained since June 15, 2009 and has not had one day of leave or furlough. Atefeh Nabavi, Zia Nabavi’s cousin is in a similar condition while serving a three years sentence in Evin prison. She has also been imprisoned since June 15, 2009, without a day of furlough.
In continuation with the pressures exerted on the Nabavi family, recently, Alireza Nabavi, Atefeh Nabavi’s husband was also arrested by security forces. He was subsequently sentenced to two years in prison and one year exile outside of [his home province of] Semnan.