Mahboubeh Karami in Prison for the One Year Anniversary of her Mother’s Passing
Friday 9 April 2010
Change for Equality:
Mahboubeh’s family had expected that she would be released prior to April 8, which marks the one year anniversary of her mother’s death, so that she could participate in the customary mourning ceremonies. Last year, Mahboubeh was in prison when her mother was ill in the hospital and was only released a few hours prior to her mother’s death.
Mohsen Karami, Mahboubeh’s brother has written a letter to the Tehran Prosecutor requesting the release of his sister. The following is the translation of this letter.
The Honorable Tehran Prosecutor,
Mr. Jafari Dolatabadi
Over a month has passed since the arrest of my sister Mahboubhe Karami. She has spent this entire time, including the New Year’s holidays, in solitary confinement. But still authorities have failed to clarify the charges pending against her.
In the only visit that I had with her, Mahboubeh explained that she had been treated poorly while in detention by one of her interrogators who had repeatedly hit her on the head with a water bottle.
As you are aware recently a special office of the prosecutor has been set up inside of Evin prison. Access to this office and officials within it, as well as the case files pending against Mahboubeh, has been impossible for ourfamily and also for the lawyer representing my sister. As such, Mr. Houshang Pourbabai’e my sister’s lawyer has been unable to contact or visit Mahboubeh since her arrest.
Mr. Prosecutor, Mahboubeh is the only daughter of a family in which both parents suffered from serious illness. My mother who was struck with cancer passed away last year during the New Year’s holidays and at a time when her only daughter was in prison because she had intended to pay the family of late Dr. Zahra Bani-Yaghoub [who died in custody] a visit on the occasion of the New Year. My sister could not be with our mother during her last days.
For years now, Mahboubeh’s father has been ill with Alzheimer’s and Parkinson’s Disease, and Mahboubeh has been his only caregiver.
With hopes for a better future,