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Iran Jails Lawyer’s Family In Stoning Case

From the UK’s Guardian:

Iran stoning case lawyer Mohammad Mostafaei’s relatives arrested

The lawyer defending Sakineh Mohammadi Ashtiani himself faces re-arrest as his wife and brother-in-law are held by Iran authorities

Saeed Kamali Dehghan
Monday 26 July 2010

Authorities in Iran have issued an arrest warrant for an acclaimed Iranian lawyer and arrested his wife and brother-in-law over his involvement in the case of a woman sentenced to death by stoning.

Lawyer Mohammad Mostafaei’s office in Tehran was ransacked, and he was interrogated in Evin prison for four hours on Saturday over his human rights activities and involvement in the case of Sakineh Mohammadi Ashtiani, the 43-year-old mother of two who was convicted of adultery and whose plight in Iran has drawn international attention since her children launched a campaign for her release almost a month ago.

Mostafaei called Sakineh’s stoning sentence "a bogus conviction" and "absolutely illegal" in an interview with the Guardian earlier this month.

He was released, then called back for further questioning before being set free. Authorities then issued an arrest warrant.

When they were unable to find him the authorities arrested his wife, Fereshteh Halimi and her brother Farhad Halimi to try to force him to surrender. However, it is still unclear whether Mostafaei has been arrested or he has managed to evade officials.

"It is ridiculous that they [officials] have taken Mostafaei’s family as ransom, they have somehow taken them hostage. This confirms what Sakineh’s son wrote in his public letter, that there’s no justice in Iran," said Mina Ahadi, a human rights activist for Iran Committee against Stoning (ICAS), based in Germany who spoke to Mostafaei after he was interrogated.

"Mohammadi Ashtiani’s sentence is not Mostafaei’s first stoning case, he has defended many others against execution by stoning but it was Sakineh’s story which took world attention and made the Iranian authorities angry," she said.

Mostafaei initially wrote an open letter about Sakineh’s death by stoning after her sentence was handed down. He then tried to publicise her case by giving interviews to international media and helping her children launch the campaign for their mother’s release…

We sure hope these trivial arrests and their quaint insistence on stoning women doesn’t get Iran thrown off the UN’s Commission on the Status of Women. The UN commission, which is “dedicated exclusively to gender equality and advancement of women.”

Naturally, we are just kidding. Of course, it won’t.

This article was posted by Steve on Monday, July 26th, 2010. Comments are currently closed.

One Response to “Iran Jails Lawyer’s Family In Stoning Case”

  1. heykev says:

    How any Moose Limb country can get onto the ANY UN “commission, which is “dedicated exclusively to gender equality and advancement of women.”” just points to the stupidity of the USA being members of the UN.

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