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12.4.2014   

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Official Journal of the European Union

L 109/9


COUNCIL IMPLEMENTING REGULATION (EU) No 371/2014

of 10 April 2014

implementing Article 12(1) of Regulation (EU) No 359/2011 concerning restrictive measures directed against certain persons, entities and bodies in view of the situation in Iran

THE COUNCIL OF THE EUROPEAN UNION,

Having regard to the Treaty on the Functioning of the European Union,

Having regard to Regulation (EU) No 359/2011 of 12 April 2011 concerning restrictive measures directed against certain persons, entities and bodies in view of the situation in Iran (1), and in particular Article 12(1) thereof,

Whereas:

(1)

On 12 April 2011, the Council adopted Regulation (EU) No 359/2011.

(2)

On the basis of a review of Council Decision 2011/235/CFSP (2), the Council has decided that those restrictive measures should be renewed until 13 April 2015.

(3)

Furthermore, the entries concerning certain persons included in Annex I to Regulation (EU) No 359/2011 should be updated in accordance with Council Decision 2014/205/CFSP (3).

(4)

Annex I to Regulation (EU) No 359/2011 should be amended accordingly,

HAS ADOPTED THIS REGULATION:

Article 1

The Annex I to Regulation (EU) No 359/2011 shall be amended as set out in the Annex to this Regulation.

Article 2

This Regulation shall enter into force on the day of its publication in the Official Journal of the European Union.

This Regulation shall be binding in its entirety and directly applicable in all Member States.

Done at Brussels, 10 April 2014.

For the Council

The President

D. KOURKOULAS


(1)  OJ L 100, 14.4.2011, p. 1.

(2)  Council Decision 2011/235/CFSP of 12 April 2011 concerning restrictive measures directed against certain persons and entities in view of the situation in Iran (OJ L 100, 14.4.2011, p. 51).

(3)  Council Decision 2014/205/CFSP of 10 April 2014 amending Decision 2011/235/CFSP concerning restrictive measures directed against certain persons and entities in view of the situation in Iran (see page 25 of this Official Journal).


ANNEX

The entries for the persons listed below shall replace the entries for them set out in Annex I to Council Regulation (EU) No 359/2011:

Persons

 

Name

Identifying information

Reasons

Date of listing

1.

RAJABZADEH Azizollah

 

Head of Tehran Disaster Mitigation Organization (TDMO). Former Head of Tehran Police (until January 2010).

As Commander of the Law Enforcement Forces in the Greater Tehran, Azizollah Rajabzadeh is the highest ranking accused in the case of abuses in Kahrizak Detention Center.

 

2.

DORRI- NADJAFABADI Ghorban-Ali

POB: Najafabad (Iran)

DOB: 1945

Member of the Expediency Council and also representative of the Supreme Leader in Markazi (‘Central’) Province. Former Prosecutor General of Iran until September 2009 (former Intelligence minister under Khatami presidency).

As Prosecutor General of Iran, he ordered and supervised the show trials following the first post-election protests, where the accused were denied their rights, and an attorney. He also carries responsibility for the Kahrizak abuses.

 

3.

MORTAZAVI Said

POB: Meybod, Yazd (Iran)

DOB: 1967

Former Head of Iran's Anti-smuggling Task Force, former Prosecutor General of Tehran until August 2009.

As Tehran Prosecutor General, he issued a blanket order used for the detention of hundreds of activists, journalists and students. He was suspended from office in August 2010 after an investigation by the Iranian judiciary of his role into the deaths of three men detained on his orders following the election.

 

4.

ZARGAR Ahmad

 

Head of the ‘Organization for the Preservation of Morality’. Former judge, Tehran Appeals Court, branch 36.

He confirmed long-term jail warrants and death warrants against protesters.

 

5.

ABBASZADEH- MESHKINI, Mahmoud

 

Governor of Ilam Province. Former Interior Ministry's political director.

As Head of the Article 10 Committee of the Law on Activities of Political Parties and Groups he was in charge of authorising demonstrations and other public events and registering political parties.

In 2010, he suspended the activities of two reformist political parties linked to Mousavi — the Islamic Iran Participation Front and the Islamic Revolution Mujahedeen Organization.

From 2009 onwards he has consistently and continuously prohibited all non-governmental gatherings, therefore denying a constitutional right to protest and leading to many arrests of peaceful demonstrators in contravention of the right to freedom of assembly.

He also denied in 2009 the opposition a permit for a ceremony to mourn people killed in protests over the Presidential elections.

10.10.2011

6.

FIRUZABADI Maj-Gen Dr Seyyed Hasan (Aka: FIRUZABADI Maj-Gen Dr Seyed Hassan; FIROUZABADI Maj-Gen Dr Seyyed Hasan; FIROUZABADI Maj-Gen Dr Seyed Hassan)

POB: Mashad

DOB: 3.2.1951

As Chief of Staff of Iran's Armed Forces, he is the highest military commander responsible for directing all military divisions and policies, including the Islamic Revolutionary Guards Corps (IRGC) and police. Forces under his formal chain of command brutally suppressed peaceful protestors and perpetrated mass detentions.

Also member of the Supreme National Security Council (SNSC) and the Expediency Council.

10.10.2011

7.

JOKAR Mohammad Saleh

 

Since 2011 Parliamentary Deputy for Yazd Province. Former Commander of Student Basij Forces.

In the capacity of Commander of Student Basij Forces he was actively involved in suppressing protests in schools and universities and extra-judicial detention of activists and journalists.

10.10.2011

8.

SALARKIA Mahmoud

Director of Tehran Football Club ‘Persepolis’

Head of the Petrol and Transport commission of the City of Tehran. Deputy to the Prosecutor-General of Tehran for Prison Affairs during the crackdown of 2009.

As Deputy to the Prosecutor-General of Tehran for Prison Affairs he was directly responsible for many of the arrest warrants against innocent, peaceful protesters and activists. Many reports from human rights defenders show that virtually all those arrested are, on his instruction, held incommunicado without access to their lawyer or families, and without charge, for varying lengths of time, often in conditions amounting to enforced disappearance. Their families are often not notified of the arrest.

10.10.2011

9.

SOURI Hojatollah

 

Parliamentary deputy for Lorestan Province. Member of the Parliamentary Commission for Foreign and Security Policy. Former head of Evin prison.

As head of Evin prison during 2009, he was responsible for severe human rights abuses in this prison during his time in office, such as beatings and mental and sexual abuse. According to consistent information from different sources, torture is a common practice in Evin prison. In Ward 209, many activists are being held for their peaceful activities in opposition to the ruling government.

10.10.2011

10.

TALA Hossein (Aka: TALA Hosseyn)

 

Deputy Governor-General (‘Farmandar’) of Tehran Province until September 2010, in particular responsible for the intervention of police forces and therefore for the repression of demonstrations.

He received a prize in December 2010 for his role in the post-election repression.

10.10.2011

11.

TAMADDON Morteza (Aka: TAMADON Morteza)

POB: Shahr Kord-Isfahan

DOB: 1959

Former Governor-General of Tehran Province, and head of Tehran provincial Public Security Council, member of the IRGC.

In his capacity as governor and head of Tehran provincial Public Security Council, he was bearing overall responsibility for all repressive activities, including cracking down on political protests in June 2009. He is known for being personally involved in the harassment of opposition leaders Karroubi and Moussavi.

10.10.2011

12.

BAKHTIARI Seyyed Morteza

POB: Mashad (Iran)

DOB: 1952

Former Minister of Justice (2009-2013), former Isfahan Governor-General and Director of the State Prisons Organisation (until June 2004).

As Minister of Justice, he played a key role in threatening and harassing the Iranian diaspora by announcing the establishment of a special court to deal specifically with Iranians who live outside the country. With the Tehran Prosecutor's assistance, two branches of the courts of first instance and appeal courts and several branches of the magistrate courts will be assigned to deal with expatriate affairs.

10.10.2011

13.

HOSSEINI Dr Mohammad (Aka: HOSSEYNI, Dr Seyyed Mohammad; Seyed, Sayyed and Sayyid)

POB: Rafsanjan, Kerman

DOB: 1961

Former Minister of Culture and Islamic Guidance (2009-2013).

Ex-IRGC, he was complicit in the repression of journalists.

10.10.2011

14.

MOSLEHI Heydar (Aka: MOSLEHI Heidar; MOSLEHI Haidar)

POB: Isfahan (Iran)

DOB: 1956

Former Minister of Intelligence (2009-2013).

Under his leadership, the Ministry of Intelligence has continued the practices of widespread arbitrary detention and persecution of protesters and dissidents. The Ministry of Intelligence continues to run Ward 209 of Evin Prison, where many activists are being held on account of their peaceful activities in opposition to the government in power. Interrogators from the Ministry of Intelligence have subjected prisoners in Ward 209 to beatings and mental and sexual abuse. As former Minister of Intelligence, Moslehi bears responsibility for abuse during his time in office.

10.10.2011

15.

TAGHIPOUR Reza

POB: Maragheh (Iran)

DOB: 1957

Member of the City Council of Tehran. Former Minister for Information and Communications (2009-2012).

As Minister for Information, he was one of the top officials in charge of censorship and control of internet activities and also all types of communications (in particular mobile phones). During interrogations of political detainees, the interrogators make use of the detainees' personal data, mail and communications. On several occasions following the last presidential election and during street demonstrations, mobile lines and text messaging were blocked, satellite TV channels were jammed and the internet locally suspended or at least slowed down.

23.3.2012

16

EMADI, Hamid Reza (aka: Hamidreza Emadi)

Date of Birth: appr. 1973

Place of Birth: Hamedan

Place of residence: Tehran

Place of work: Press TV HQ, Tehran

Press TV Newsroom Director. Former Press TV Senior Producer.

Responsible for producing and broadcasting the forced confessions of detainees, including journalists, political activists, persons belonging to Kurdish and Arab minorities, violating internationally recognised rights to a fair trial and due process. Independent broadcast regulator OFCOM fined Press TV in the UK GBP 100 000 for broadcasting the forced confession of Iranian-Canadian journalist and film-maker Maziar Bahari in 2011, which was filmed in prison whilst Bahari was under duress. NGOs have reported further instances of forced televised confessions by Press TV. Emadi is therefore associated with violating the right to due process and fair trial.

12.3.2013


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