Tuesday, November 18, 2008

Tehran Update: CSU Student Esha Momeni Is Free!?

Update on prior post California Student Arrested in Tehran

Free at Last? Esha Momeni's Provisional Release
On November 10, after nearly a month in prison, Esha Momeni was released on $200,000 bail in the form of the deed to her parents' home. The California State University student was visiting Tehran to conduct academic research on the Iranian women's rights movement. Security officers arrested her during a traffic stop, seized her video tapes, and held her in solitary confinement since October 15 in Tehran's notorious Evin Prison.

Momeni had been held for several weeks in solitary confinement. According to the deputy general prosecutor of Tehran, Momeni is charged with "propaganda against the state" Momeni is currently back at home with her family. However, her passport and travel documents are still in custody. Additionally, if Momeni is accused of violating bail, the government can take away her family's home. There are unconfirmed reports today that Momeni is able to leave Iran until her court hearing.
Lets hope she is indeed back home. Bastage Mullahs anyway

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