Court Session to Hear Accusations against Two Campaign Activists in Qom; Mansoureh Shojaee Contacted Her Family

Wednesday 6 January 2010

Change for Equality: On Sunday 3rd January at the tenth branch of the Revolutionary Court in Qom, Fatemeh Masjedi and Maryam Bidgoli, two women’s activists and members of the One Million Signatures Campaign, appeared at a hearing at which the charges against them were announced. It was the last such hearing, and their defence lawyer, Mina Jafari, was also present.

According to Mina Jafari, her clients were charged with activity against national security, attempting to overthrow the state, the publication of lies, and propaganda against the state through membership in the One Million Signatures Campaign.

Fatemeh Masjedi and Maryam Bidgoli were arrested on Thursday 7th May 2009, and after twelve days in custody they were released on Monday 18th May after both of them had provided a bail of $20,195.

Nearly eight months have passed, yet the accused are still to receive back a significant part of their personal effects, including computer cases, a book and pamphlets, home videos, cash, and a gold watch.

In other news, Mansoureh Shojaee, another women’s activist, today, 6th January, was able to contact her spouse for the first time after nine days in Evin Prison.

After speaking with her by telephone, Farhad Davoudi, Mansoureh Shojaee’s spouse, described her morale as good, and expressed his happiness at finally being able to speak with his spouse after several days without any information on her situation. He also said that he had contacted the Revolutionary Court today, but had been unable to obtain any information there concerning his spouse, and that the court officials had told him that in order to follow up on the case he should contact the court office at Evin Prison.

Mansoureh Shojaee, a researcher in women’s issues, a women’s activist and activist with the One Million Signatures Campaign, was arrested at her private residence in the middle of the night on 28th December 2009.


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