Bahman Ahmadi Amouee

Bahman Ahmadi Amouee

Location: Tehran, Iran
35° 41' 34.782" N, 51° 24' 18.1044" E
Status: Under Arrest
Arrested on 20 Jun 2009

Other arrests: Bahman Ahmadi Amouee was arrested once before, during the June 2006 women's rights demonstrations in Tehran.

Amouee, a contributor to reformist newspapers such as Mihan, Hamshahri, Jame'e, Khordad, Norooz, and Sharq, and the author of an eponymous blog, was arrested with his wife, Zhila Bani-Yaghoub, according to news reports. Bani-Yaghoub, editor-in-chief of the Iranian Women's Club, a news Web site focusing on woman's rights, was released on bail on August 19, according to the BBC Persian service.

Amouee was being held in Tehran's Evin Prison, part of the time in solitary confinement, according to news reports. Amouee's wife said the journalist was denied access to his family and lawyer for several weeks, according to Mowjcamp, a news Web site supportive of the reformist candidate Mir-Hossein Mousavi. Amouee's case is a special one: after more than 100 days -- most of them spent in solitary confinement in Evin's notorious section 209, which is reserved for political prisoners -- there has been no report filed of his arrest.

On January 5, 2010, Amouee was sentenced to 34 lashes, along with seven years and four months in prison.

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