A reporter for the Iranian state new agency IRNA has been arrested in southwestern city of Sanandaj. IRNA reports that Manouchehr Tamri was arrested by “six unidentified individuals” in Sanandaj. “These individuals inspected Tamir’s home and confiscated his computer and laptop without providing any IDs,” IRNA writes.
Iran’s next parliamentary elections are set for March 2, 2012, the interior ministry has announced. The parliament also passed a law today requiring that parliamentary candidacy be restricted to people with e post-graduate degrees. Former MPs are exempted from this condition.
Former Iranian president Mohammad Khatami spoke out against the continued detainment of opposition figures and protesters, and criticized the government for failing to resolve the “extraordinary situation” of the past two years.
Iranian Supreme Leader’s representative in the Revolutionary Guards expressed concern regarding the political stance of Ayatollah Hashemi Rafsanjani, Chairman of Iran’s Expediency Council.
Four American senators have called on U.S. Secretary of State Hilary Clinton to impose sanctions against Mahmoud Ahmadinejad as a human rights abuser.
European-Iranian Commercial Bank (Eihbank) may come under European Union sanctions soon, a German daily reports. The Süddeutsche Zeitung daily reports that Germany has stopped its objections to imposing sanctions against the Europäisch-Iranische Handelsbank.
According to the reports German economy, treasury and foreign ministries have finally come to agreement over boycotting this bank.