Monday, August 07, 2006

Latest report on the status of Ahmad Batebi

Iran Press News: translation by Banafsheh Zand-Bonazzi.
Campaign for the freedom of Ahmad Batebi

According to the latest news reports on the status of student leader, Ahmad Batebi, on Thursday, August 2nd, at 10 a.m., five days after his re-arrest, Batebi’s interrogator contacted Batebi’s father and after threatening him, handed the phone to Ahmad himself, to speak to his father. The interrogator specified that Ahmad is now being detained and if new charges are not leveled against him, he will only have to complete the nine years remaining on his original prison sentence in Evin prison. The interrogator also added that the Batebi family can visit their son however Ahmad’s wife, Somaya is not being given visitation rights because she spoke out and gave interviews to various members of the press about her husband’s status. Batebi’s father said that Ahmad’s voice was very weak on the phone and his son seemed listless. It is reported that other prisoners spotted him on Wednesday, August 3rd in the prison infirmary.

Ahmad Batebi began a hunger strike immediately following his re-arrest on Saturday, July 29th and announced that he will not stop even if it means wasting away and dying.
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