Mostafa Tajzadeh

Wife of jailed Iranain reformists informed the International Campaign for Human Rights in Iran that Iranian prison authorities are implementing fresh tactics to demoralize and pressure political prisoners.

“Apparently they have brought some onto Tajzadeh’s section who has problems," Fakhrosadat Mohtashamipour, wife of Mostafa Tajzadeh, senior member of the reformist organization, Islamic Iran Participation Front, told the campaign; "When I asked my husband about this individual, my husband only said: ‘May God heal him!’ and did not want to explain any more. I am very concerned about how my husband is faring and what kind of problems this inmate may have.”

She maintained however that they will not succeed in breaking Tajzadeh’s spirit since he has already endured four months in solitary confinement and will not be swayed by “these new games.”

Mohtashamipour, who was finally allowed to visit her husband after 56 days of complete news blackout, insists that her husband suffers from ill health and needs special medical care in prison which he is being denied.

Mostafa Tajzadeh, member of Iran’s two top reformist organizations, was deputy interior minister in the reform government of Mohammad Khatami. He was arrested in the protests to the controversial victory of Mahmoud Ahmadinejad in the 2009 presidential elections and sentenced to six years in prison and 10 years ban from political activity for the charge of “assembly and collusion against national security and anti-regime propaganda activities.”

Tajzadeh, who had been given a furlough in December 2009, wrote a letter along with seven other senior members of the Iranian reformist parties to the head of the judiciary to file an official complaint about “illegal interference” of military and security forces in the 2009 elections.

As a result, last August, his furlough was cancelled and he was recalled to prison facing greater restrictions on his visitation rights.

Iranian reformists claim the 2009 presidential election was rigged and Mahmoud Ahmadinejad’s victory was achieved through fraud.