Iran sends two activists back to prison: reports

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Two Iranian activists have been returned to prison on suspicion of “conspiracy against national security” while being provisionally released, media in the Islamic Republic said on Thursday.

One of them, Kevyan Samimi, who is close to the nationalist and religious opposition, is a veteran dissident who served in prison both before and after the 1979 Islamic Revolution.

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Samimi “was sent back to prison at the end of his leave for resuming anti-national security activities and contacts with counter-revolutionary groups abroad,” Mehr news agency said.

The 73-year-old journalist was released from prison at the end of February for medical reasons. He had been serving a three-year prison sentence in Semnan, almost 200 kilometers east of the capital.

“The coroner ordered his return to prison after a re-examination,” Mehr said.

The state news agency IRNA said that women’s rights and trade union activist Narges Mansouri had also been arrested.

Mansouri was arrested in August 2019 before being released on bail in November of that year, reports said.

She was later accused of “giving provocative interviews with the aim of inciting unrest” in the country, IRNA said.

She is said to have “committed acts against security during her two-and-a-half-year provisional release,” the agency said.

She added that she had “tried to flee the country … after learning that justice would return her to prison.”

Earlier this week, Mehr reported on the arrest of Tehran academic Saeed Madani Ghahfarokhi on suspicion of “having ties abroad and engaging in activities that threaten national security”.

Madani Ghahfarokhi is a sociology professor at Allameh Tabatabai University in the capital.

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