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Fifteen of the Accused in the Internet Sites Case Released on Bail

The supervisor of the Special Prosecutor of District 9 (Airport) announced that 15 of those accused in connection with the Internet websites case have been temporarily released on bail. In an interview with the Central News Unit, Saberi Zafarqandi said that about two months ago, complaints were filed by a private complainant and the Ministry of Communication Innovation and Technology. A case file was established and indictments were issued for about 17 of the accused in the Airport prosecutor’s office.

He explained: “After discovering certain shortcomings in the case file, and the type of crimes listed in the indictment, it was determined that these matters should be returned to the relevant branch and accompanied with documentation and evidence.”

He added: “Seventeen people were charged in relation to the Internet sites case file, and that two additional suspects were being held in temporary detention – Mr. Javad Gholam Tamimi because there was a need to conduct more investigation, and Ms. Fatimah Ghazi because she has not yet posted bail.”

It should be noted that prior to their arrests these individuals acknowledged, in interviews conducted with the media, that they had engaged in political and propaganda activities for several years, [and that these actions were] aimed at tainting the regime’s image, instigating public dissatisfaction and creating confusion amongst the masses through articles and reports published on personal blogs and sites such as “Gooya,” “Iran Emrooz” and “Rooydad Emrooz.”

These sites were connected to the Islamic Iran Participation Front.

Interview with One of the Accused

During his transfer from Special Prosecutor of District 9 (Airport) to Evin Prison, Javad Gholam Tamimi, one of the accused in the Internet sites case said: “I wanted to join the radical reformers and play the role of the opposition.”

In an interview with the Central News Unit, he said, “In 2000, along with Mr. Sazegara, Mr. Sa’id Haqqi, and Mr. Sholeh Sa’di, we formed the [United] Republican Party so that we could take a share of the government’s power. From this point onward, my press and political activities became intertwined.”

He considered the case of the accused to have two distinct faces; one involved the secular and republican forces, and the other, the radical reformists, both of whom had engaged in a media war against the regime.

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