Karami’s Court Scheduled

Mahboubeh Karami’s Remains in Prison, Despite Depression

Sunday 8 August 2010

Change for Equality: A court date has been scheduled for the case pending against Mahboubeh Karami, women’s rights and Campaign activist for Monday August 9, 2010. The state of Mahboubeh’s health and in particular the state of her emotional health continue to alarm her family and friends.

In a telephone call from prison, Mahboubeh announced that the office of the Medical Examiner after conducting tests, has announced that Mahboubeh suffers from mild depression and needs to use medication. Still the office of the Medical Examiner informed Mahboubeh that her depression is not sufficient cause for her release from prison, should she be sentenced to serve a prison term by the courts. At the same time, the physician at Evin Prison’s infirmary has not accepted the decision of the Medical Examiner, claiming that her situation in prison will only worsen her emotional health and depression, and has stated that the Medical Examiner should have requested a release from prison for Mahboubeh.

In the telephone call from prison, Mahboubeh also explained that if she had been in prison due to addiction or smuggling, her depression would be enough of a reason for her conditional release, but it seems that human rights and women’s rights activists do not benefit from such advantages and that it seems that she will have to remain in prison.

Mahboubeh Karami is an activist with the Campaign. She was arrested on March 2, 2010 after her home was searched and personal possessions seized. Her court date was originally scheduled for June 28, in Branch 26 of the Revolutionary Courts, but was postponed as the Judge was not present. She has been in temporary detention since her arrest.


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