Iran Labor Report: Sugar cane union leader released after 17 days in jail

30 01 2010

Network of Iranian Labor Unions (NILU)

Reza Rakhshan, a leader of Haft Tapeh Sugar Cane Workers’ Syndicate was released on January 19th after putting up $150 thousand bail money—a hefty sum for a workers’ family.

On the morning of January 3, Rakhshan was called in by the security personnel at Haft Tapeh Sugar Refinery for questioning and was immediately handcuffed and taken to the local police precinct.  Subsequent to this, Intelligence Ministry agents went to his house and requested to search it without producing a warrant. Rakhshan’s family turned down the request. That did not stop the agents to force their way in, taking away with them Rakhshan’s personal belongings such as his computer, books, satellite dish, CD’s, etc.

Reza Rakhshan has been the subject of several arrests so far this year. The chief charge against him at Dezful Provincial Court of Justice is “spreading lies against the government”.

On the day of his arrest, Rakhshan was taken to the Shush Public Prosecutor office where he was charged with plotting against the system. Bail was announced, but once his family produced it, the judiciary officials refused to accept it. Instead he was sent to Ward 5 of Dezful city prison.

On January 15, Shush municipal court charged Rakhshan with defamation with a bail set for $30 thousand while the revolutionary court separately charged him with campaigning against the system with a set bail of $120 thousand. At noon, on January 19 Reza Rakhshan was finally released on a bail of $ 150 thousand while his case was pending.

Five more Haft Tepeh Sugar Can Workers’ Syndicate steering board members still remain in Jail, including the syndicate’s elected head, Ali Nejati.




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30 01 2010
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30 01 2010
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