Mahboubeh Karami Remains in Detention without Charge

Sunday 28 March 2010

Change for Equality: Nearly a month has passed since Mahboubeh Karami, Campaign and women’s rights activist was arrested, but she has yet to be charged with a crime. On the 18th of March, Mahboubeh contacted her brother from prison, the first phone contact in 11 days. In the phone conversation she explained that she is still unaware of the charges pending against her.

Mohsen Karami, Mahboubeh’s brother explained that his efforts to follow up on the case against Mahboubeh have yielded no results. The prosecutors office, according to Mohsen Karami, has claimed that they have no information regarding Mahboubeh’s detention and speculates that the case is being handeled by the prosecutor’s office inside of Evin prison.

Given that March 21st marks the first of the Iranian new year followed by a week of holidays, Mohsen Karami explained to the site of Change for Equality, that he is not hopeful about the release of his sister anytime soon. “It is not appropriate that Mahboubeh was arrested when she had committed no crime and has not been charged with a crime. Continuing her detention under these circumstances is unjust,” claimed Mohsen Karami.

This is the second time that Mahboubeh has been held in detention during the new years holidays. Last year, she was arrested with 10 other women’s rights activists during the New Year’s holidays as they were intending to visit with the families of imprisoned social and political activists. She spent 13 days in detention last year.

Mahboubeh Karami was arrested on March 2, after her home was searched and her personal property seized. According to her brother, there was no reason for her arrest, as Mahboubeh had spent the last year caring for her ill father and had not been active. Mahboubeh had been arrested on four other occasions prior to this arrest, but had been acquitted on all charges in those cases.


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