Maryam Hosseinkhah Summoned, Amir Yaghoubali and Shahla Entesari Tried

Friday 29 February 2008

Change for Equality: On February 26, 2008, Maryam Hosseinkhah, member of the Women’s Cultural Center and One Million Signatures Campaign was issued a summons to appear at the Security Branch of the Revolutionary Courts. Prior to this summons, Hosseinkhah had been arrested on November 18, 2007 and imprisoned for endangering national security through the publication of articles in support of women’s rights on the site of the Campaign and the site of the Women’s Cultural Center. She spent 45 days in prison, and was released on January 2, 2008 on bail in the form of a guaranteed bank check in the amount of 5 million Tomans (roughly $5,000).

Also on February 26, Amir Yaghoubali, member of the One Million Signatures Campaign, appeared at the 15th branch of the Revolutionary Courts, for a trial related to his arrest in July 2007. Amir Yaghoubali was arrested while collecting signatures in support of the Campaign’s petition, and spent 28 days in Section 209 of Evin prison, which is managed by the Security Forces. Yaghoubali appeared in court with his lawyer, Nasrin Sotoudeh. "Amir was charged with acting against the state and spreading of propaganda against the state. We denied these charges of course and objected to the fact that security officials arrest activists while collecting signatures, but charge them with unrelated issues. At any rate, we have provided our defense and are awaiting the ruling of the court," explained Sotoudeh.

On this day also, Shahla Entesari, a women’s rights activist and another member of the Campaign, was tried in the 13th branch of the Revolutionary Courts. Entesari appeared in court with her lawyer, Farideh Gheyrat. Entesari’s trial was held in relation to her arrest on March 4th, 2007. On that day 33 women’s rights activists were arrested in front of the Revolutionary Courts. They were protesting the trial of 4 women’s rights activists, including Shahla Entesari, Noushin Ahmadi Khorasani, Parvin Ardalan and Sussan Tahmaseb, as well as the increased pressures put on women’s rights activists.

On February 26, 2008 Parvin Ardalan had also been summoned to court, for a judicial investigative interrogation. She appeared at the Security branch of the Revolutionary court, but the investigative judge in charge of her case was absent.


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