Apparently, it isn’t just the perpetrator of a crime that gets punished in Iran. Sometimes, they decide to take out your lawyer and your family as well.
Istanbul, Turkey (CNN) — A prominent human rights lawyer is sitting in a detention cell in Turkey as an Iranian court prepares to render a final decision — possibly Thursday — in the case of his client, Sakineh Mohammedie Ashtiani, who was sentenced to death by stoning after being convicted of adultery.
But Mohammad Mostafaei, who helped launch a worldwide campaign to clear Ashtiani, has much more on his mind. More than 1,000 miles away, his wife is in a cell too — in Iran’s notorious Evin prison.
For the crime of doing his job by trying to keep this woman from being stoned to death, he had to flee his country leaving his wife in a jail cell in Iran. For protecting the rights of another, his wife, as well as his brother-in-law (who has since been freed) were imprisoned.
Meanwhile, Iran again on Thursday lashed out at the international media for what it called the politicization of Ashtiani’s case. Gholam Hossein Dehghani, a foreign ministry official attending a United Nations meeting in Switzerland, said Ashtiani was not only accused of adultery, but she had also been found guilty of conspiracy to murder her husband.
“The delegation was amazed at how journals had swayed the public opinion on this matter, but in Iran, anyone who murdered an innocent person could be subject to capital punishment,” Dehghani said, according to minutes of the meeting.
So the charges started at adultery, upgraded to include conspiracy to murder… and then she is equated with “anyone who murdered an innocent person”.
No charges? Hell, just make some up!
Iranian authorities told Mostafaei that his family would be detained until he turned himself in.
They treat their own this way. ROPMA