Recent Reports on Jailed Students in Iran + Email Addresses for ‘Spreading the Word’

Two Student Activists, Mahdieh Goloroo and Bahareh Hedayat Temporarily Transferred to Solitary Confinement

Mahdieh Golroo Mahdieh Golroo and Bahareh Hedayat, two jailed student activists, were transferred from the quarantined methadone ward in Evin prison to solitary confinement on April 9th. The Jaras news site reported that the family members learned of the transfer and were told that their visitation rights were banned when they arrived at Evin prison for the standard weekly prisoner visit on April 12th. However, last minute, cabin visits were approved, but the two student activists were never brought in from solitary confinement to the visitation room.

In the first week of April, after a four-month ban on visits, the family members of the two activists were granted the standard prisoner visitation rights.

According to Bahareh Hedayat’s husband, Amin Ahmadian, the two student prisoners were transferred back to their ward in the same week. He also said that on April 19th, the families were able to have cabin visits with them.

Biomedical Engineering PhD Student, Fouad Sojoudi Sentenced to Eight Years in Prison

Amirkabir University biomedical engineering PhD student, Fouad Sojoudi Farimani was sentenced to eight years in prison by branch 26 of the Tehran Revolutionary Court, according to the Committee of Human Rights Reporters on April 13th.

Fouad Sojoudi The verdict was issued while Fouad Sojoudi Farimani was being held in the Tehran psychiatric hospital (Mehregan Hospital), due to the pressures he endured while detained in the the IRGC run ward 2A of Evin prison.

Fouad Sojoudi Farimani was arrested on September 14, 2010, following the start of the new school year. He was transferred to ward 2A, but was eventually released on a $480,000 USD bail.

He earned his undergraduate degree from Sharif University of Technology and received his Master’s at Polytechnic University. Fouad was expelled from completing his PhD due to his arrest.

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