Name: Amir Farshad Ebrahimi / امیر فرشاد ابراهیمی
Nationality: Iran / Germany
Arrested: 27 – 28 Mar 08
Blog: Goftaniha (Farsi)
Blogger for Freedom: Iranian blogger arrested in Turkey
Wikipedia: Amir Farshad Ebrahimi
is a former member of Ansar-e Hezbollah and Basij of Iran, currently a journalist, blogger and peace and human rights activist. He he has been granted political asylum in Germany and is a legal resident there.
Born in Zargandeh district of Tehran, he joined Basij at the age of 12 and fought in the Iran-Iraq War field. Right after graduation from Alborz High School he joined the Qods special forces, one of the fivefold forces of Sepah and graduated as a lieutenant from Imam Ali military school of Qods army with the major in psychological warfare engineering. He was among the first series of Sepah officers who were sent to North Korea.
He got a bachelor of Fine Arts in 1997 with a cinema major. He was the media attaché of the Iranian embassy in Beirut, Lebanon from 1997 to 1998. After coming back from Lebanon, he went to the law school and got his Master Degree in International Law from Tehran University in 2002. He is currently a Doctoral student in the Middle East Technical University, Ankara, Turkey majoring in human rights.
Ebrahimi appeared in a controversial videotape in the year 2000, apparently confessing to a link between the hardline Iranian political and religious leaders and violent actions of brown shirts in Iran known as Ansar-e Hezbollah. Ebrahimi who had previously held close connections to the members of this group, revealed a number of their inside secrets in the video tape. After the circulation of this tape, human rights lawyer and Nobel Peace Prize winner Shirin Ebadi was accused by an Iranian court to have been involved in making the tape. She was vacated and released from prison after a brief period. Ebrahimi was also sentenced and spent two years in prison. ((BBC News » Conviction of Iranian lawyers condemned))
He has written two books: From Sarband to Blindfold and Republic of Ghosts, both in Persian, which were banned by Iranian regime, right after being available to the public.
Ebrahimi started blogging in April, 2001, maintaining his criticism online. On March 27, 2008, he was arrested by Turkish authorities as he was getting off a plane from Germany at Istanbul’s airport, and is threatened to be deported to Iran. According to newsmax.com, an Iranian intelligence officer arrived on scene demanding that the Turks extradite Ebrahimi to Iran. The Iranian intelligence officer, who identified himself as Mohammad Taghi Esfahani, presented an official document to the Turkish police demanding that Ebrahimi be immediately deported to Iran.
Ebrahimi told Newsmax that the Iranian intelligence officer was accusing him of having aided the defection of former deputy Defense Minister Gen. Ali Asghari last year.
In the evening of March 28, an Iranian activist reported Ebrahimi to be back to Berlin due to the fast intervention of an US diplomat and diverse NGO’s. Ebrahimi was sent back to Germany at noon and reached there in the afternoon. ((War and Piece » March 27, 2008))