Hardline Iranian Court Orders Arrest of Three Students
A hardline revolutionary tribunal in Tehran has ordered the arrest of three students, two of them columnists for a campus magazine at Tehran University, reported the official Iranian news agency (IRNA) on Saturday.
The agency said the detainees had been earlier summoned to an administrative court for interrogation.
Last week, a local press court in central Iran ordered two reformist students jailed in connection with press activities.
Last month, Mehdi Aminizadeh and Reza Nadimi, both with the banned campus magazine Kavir (Desert), were ordered jailed after they appeared in the Tehran Press Court for having published a "blasphemous" article.
Aminizadeh was released after posting bail of 50 million rials ($6,250).
Mahmoud Shardei and Hamid Jaafari are still languishing in jail on the same charge, said IRNA.
Two other students were also jailed last month for involvement in the same case.
Hamid Jafari-Nasrabadi, the student head of the magazine Kavir and Mahmoud Mojdayi, the writer of the offending article, were interrogated and sent to prison pending trial.
In November 1999, the Tehran Press Court jailed three students for publishing a "blasphemous" play in a college magazine called Mowj (Wave), the agency added.
Mohammad-Reza Namnabati and Abbas Nemati were sentenced to three years each, and Ali-Reza Aqaii was given six months.
Iran’s supreme leader, Ayatollah Ali Khamenei, later pardoned the three young men.
Since April 2000, conservative-run courts have closed down nearly 40 publications, mostly pro-reform, and jailed dozens of journalists on various charges of disparaging Islam and the religious elements of the Islamic revolution – Albawaba.com