Name: Mahboubeh Karami, Women’s Rights Activist, member of One Million Signature Campaign
Charges: Rioting and taking part in gatherings
Case Status: Detained
Mahboubeh Karami was arrested on the night March 2, 2010, when security agents entered and searched her Tehran home. After seizing various personal items, Mahboubeh and her brother (Mohsen Karami) were arrested and taken to an undisclosed location.
No reasons have yet been given for her arrest and she has not yet been charged. However, following her arrest, Mahboubeh telephoned her brother and told him she was being questioned about the events following the 2009 elections.
Her brother, Mohsen, said that the warrant for her arrest had been issued seventeen days before the June 12th 2009 elections, yet the accusations against her are election related, including “rioting and taking part in gatherings”. She was kept in solitary confinement for 200 days.
This is the fifth time she’s been arrested. In March 2009, she was arrested along with eleven other members of the One Million Signatures Campaign and Mothers for Peace. The organizations had gathered to visit the families of several prisoners of conscience during the Persian New Year. She was detained for 13 days on this occasion. In June 2008, she was arrested and detained for seventy days on charges of committing “acts against national security” for her involvement in a protest and, in July 1999, she was arrested on two separate occasions in relation to her involvement in student protests. She was acquitted of all charges on all four occasions.
Mahboubeh’s father suffers from Alzheimer’s and Parkinson’s diseases – and she has acted as his main caretaker. Due to his deteriorating condition, her father is not aware that Mahboubeh is in prison and often asks about her whereabouts. In April 2010, Mahboubeh’s request to attend the anniversary of her mother’s death, but it was refused.
Her brother says of Mahboubeh’s case:
“I am very worried about this. I was ready to hear what crime my sister has committed so I can get the chance to defend her. If I do not know what she is being charged with, how am I able to defend her?”
Mohsen also wrote a letter to Tehran’s Prosecutor, Abbas Jafari Dolatabadi, hoping to receive answers, further stating
“We have many problems in our family, including our father’s deteriorating health and the imprisonment of Mahboubeh for 42 days without the right to attorney. I do not know why they treat her like this.”
SOURCES & ADDITIONAL INFORMATION
The Green Voice of Freedom http://en.irangreenvoice.com/article/2010/mar/03/1359
Change for Equality http://www.we-change.org/english/spip.php?article689