Reza Akvanian, blogger, poet, writer and human rights activist was detained by security agents on sunday March 24, 2013 at approximately 3am. Reza Akvanian works as a writer for the blog “salhaye khoobe zendegi” (life’s good years).
According to the Committee of Human Rights Reporters Akvanian, after being held incommunicado for 2 weeks, was finally allowed to receive a visit from his family on Saturday April 6th. According to his family, bruising and signs of beatings were visible on Reza Akvanian’s body due to the severe physical pressure by agents to obtain a false confession.
Reza Akvanian was arrested before on February 1, 2010 by agents from the Ministry of Intelligence. Judge Tahmasabi presiding over Branch 1 of the Yasuj Revolutionary Court handed Akvanian a one-year prison sentence and a 5-year suspended term on the charges of “insulting the leader and the president in blog content” and “association with outsiders by sharing news reports.”