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Pardoned by Wife’s Family, Ex-Mayor of Tehran Released on Bail

Former mayor of Tehran and senior Iranian politician Mohammad Ali Najafi, who had been sentenced to death for murdering his wife, has been released on bail a couple of weeks after being forgiven by the victim’s family.

Iran Upholds Jail Terms for Three Convicts Linked to UK, Israel

Iran’s Judiciary says the prison terms of three Iranian nationals linked to the Israeli spy service Mossad and the British Council have been upheld, and each of them will serve 10 years in prison.

Iran Leader Pardons, Commutes Sentences of Over 1,000 Inmates

Leader of Iran’s Islamic Revolution Ayatollah Seyyed Ali Khamenei has granted clemency to 1,070 convicts found guilty by various Iranian courts.

Over 600 Political Prisoners in Bahrain Go on Hunger Strike

More than 600 Bahraini political prisoners are now on hunger strike to protest ill-treatment at Bahrain’s notorious Jaw prison.

Iranian Inmates Making Wood, Leather Handicrafts in Prison

Prisoners in a jail in Iran’s Isfahan are using their leisure time to make some money by making wood and leather handicrafts in industrial workshops.

Top Iranian Politician Sentenced to Death for Killing Wife

Mohammad Ali Najafi, a senior reformist politician, has been sentenced to death for murdering his wife, Iran's Judiciary Spokesman Gholam-Hossein Esmaeili announced on Tuesday.

New Law Gives New Life to 1000s of Iranian Inmates on Death Row

Criminals once on death row are now able to work during the day and sleep in prison at night after serving time for years and the adoption of a new law.
Number of Prisoners in Iran Less than 200,000 for First Time in Decade

Number of Prisoners in Iran Less than 200,000 for First Time in Decade

The number of inmates in Iran has decreased to less than 200,000 for the first time in the past nine years, the Prisons Organization of Iran announced.

Iran Frees Zakka at Aoun’s Request, Nasrallah’s Mediation

Iran says it has released Lebanese-American prisoner Nizar Zakka at the request of Lebanese President Michel Aoun and the mediation of Hezbollah Secretary General Sayyed Hassan Nasrallah.

Iran Denies Reports of Releasing Nizar Zakka

Iran's Judiciary announced on Sunday Lebanese-American prisoner Nizar Zakka has not been released yet, rejecting earlier media reports that he has been pardoned at the request of Lebanese leaders.

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