Iranian Bloggers Unite in Solidarity with Imprisoned Students - 2008.01.23
By Arash Sigarchi:On the eve of the second month of incarceration of several prominent student activists across the country, Iranian bloggers have decided to celebrate 10 Bahman [January 30, 2008] as a day of solidarity with imprisoned students.
A statement published on the websites of united bloggers referred to complaints made by families of detained students against the judiciary: "These families, who are under severe psychological pressure and live in deep worry, have repeatedly condemned the imprisonment of their loved ones and asked for their release. Despite many efforts to bring about the release of the aforementioned students, a great number of these dear colleagues remain in detention. Some are not allowed to even have telephone conversations with their families."
Naser Zarafshan, who represents several of these imprisoned students, divides the detained students into three groups: "currently, the students are divided into three groups. The first group is composed of students that the judiciary has announced will be released after posting bail. The second group is composed of students who are still in interrogation and for whom no bail has been set yet. The third group is composed of students who were arrested last week and of whom we have no accurate information."
It is worth noting that the judiciary has set bail amounts of 300, 500 and 1,000 million rials [33 thousand, 54 thousand, and 108 thousand U.S. dollars, respectively] for several students who have completed their interrogations. Many of these students remain in jail as they are unable to post the excessive bail amount.