Profession: translator and freelance contributor to several independent newspapers, including Adineh.
Date of arrest: 16 March 2003
Sentence: 4 years in prison, reduced to three years on appeal.
Expires: 15 March 2006
Details of arrest: summoned to the Police Department on 16 March 2003, where he is feared to have been ill-treated.
Details of trial: Sentenced on 19 April 2003 to four years’ imprisonment, 253 lashes and a fine of six million rials for ‘consuming and distributing alcoholic drinks’ and ‘adultery and incitement to immoral acts’. It is believed that Jabari is being targeted for his membership of the Iranian Writers’ Organisation and for sending materials to foreign-based news websites. His lawyer was not allowed to attend his trial.
Place of detention: Qasr prison, Tehran.
Health concerns: Suffers from diabetes and a heart complaint.
Previous political imprisonment/problems: Previously arrested on 28 December 2002 from his office in Tehran by individuals in civilian clothes. He was escorted to his home, which was searched, and videos, books and his computer’s hard drive were seized. Held in solitary confinement until his release on 5 February 2003.
Honorary member: English PEN
Released: 14 October 2004
Originally posted with the url: www.englishpen.org/writersinprison/honorarymembers/iran/alirezajabari/