Reza Shahabi taken to the court
Shahabi's hunger strike ended as
of December 19, 2010
According to the latest news, which
has been confirmed by Reza Shahabi’s family in Iran, Reza Shahabi was
transferred to the Islamic Revolutionary Court in Tehran (on Revolution
Street) in the morning of Sunday, December 19, 2010.
The authorities attempted to put Shahabi
on trail under Judge Salavaati and forcing him to accept a duty council.
However, Shahabi protested that arrangement and emphasized that his lawyer
is Mr. Masoud Shafiee. As a result they could not continue with his
Mr. Shafiee had not been able to
access Shahabi’s file or to meet with any judicial authorities about this
case until this time. However, he appeared in court on December 19th to
verify that he is Shahabi’s legal representative. After that, Mr. Shafiee
was given the permission to visit Shahabi in prison at a later time to
get his signature in order to access his file. His court date is expected
to be scheduled subsequently.
Reza Shahabi was taken back to the
prison the same day. His family and friends saw him in prisoner transport vehicle. According to his
family, Reza smiled and waved to them. He seemed to be in good spirit.
According to the same news, Shahabi
has announced that because his file has now been activated, and due to numerous
calls from the labour movement, he decided to stop his hunger strike as
of the evening of Sunday, December 19, 2010; however, he has reportedly
said he would resume his hunger strike if the authorities decide to
create obstacles by refusing his release. Reza has thanked and sent his
warmest regards to all those who supported him.
As the result of six months of
incarceration and emotional and physical pressures, Shahabi is not in a
good health conditions. He suffers from tooth ache; back and should pain,
Arthritis in his left hand as well
as stomach problems.
in Support of Workers in Iran (IASWI)