Journalist Akbar Ganji Said to Have Evaded Arrest
BBC Monitoring Service, Monsters and Critics:
Last night, a number of bailiffs went to Akbar Ganji's house and intended to arrest him based on a warrant signed by Sa'id Mortazavi, the Tehran prosecutor, but they were unable to do so because he was not at home. READ MOREI am receiving conflicting reports on his status. I will publish more as soon as I can confirm the reports.
Speaking to ILNA's reporter, Ma'sumeh Shafi'i, Akbar Ganji's wife, added: The bailiffs were outside our front door until six o'clock [local time; 0130 gmt] this morning, but Ganji has not come home yet and we have no news of him.
She added: It had been said in the warrant, signed by the Tehran prosecutor, that the reason for the arrest warrant was unlawful interviews [given by Ganji] and the ending of his [prison] leave.
It should be mentioned that members of the Tehran council of the Office for the Consolidation of Unity [association of university students] have staged a sit-in in front of Akbar Ganji's house [to express support for Ganji]. Last night, too, a group of political activists and journalists went to Ganji's house and called for his [permanent] release. Ganji was on leave for one week for medical treatment.
Source: Iranian Labour News Agency (ILNA), Tehran, in Persian 0620 gmt 8 Jun 05
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