Let’s see if I have this correctly. An attorney by the name of Mohammad Mostafaei was defending a highly publicized case involving a woman facing possible execution by stoning. Sakineh Mohammadie Ashtiani was convicted of adultery in 2006 and was originally sentenced to death by having rocks thrown at her. (It seems she confessed to the crime after being subjected to 99 lashes with a whip. She later recanted the confession and has denied wrongdoing. Her sentence was put on hold earlier this month after an international outcry). If this had been me, I would have confessed after the first lash of the whip…
As a result of his defending Sakineh, Mostafaei himself is now accused of “conspiring against state security” and “propaganda against the system”. (He is very likely to face prosecution and if imprisoned would be considered a prisoner of conscience. Someone that is detained solely for his human rights activities and the peaceful exercise of his right to freedom of expression and association).
So, now apparently he has booked! (Poof goes the lawyer). Iranian officials, by way of response, went out and then grabbed Mohammad Mostafaei’s wife and brother-in-law. Is everyone with me so far? They are being held at Tehran’s Evin prison, also without the benefit of a lawyer.
Mostafaei’s father-in-law, was promptly contacted by officials on Monday (July 26), who told him that both his children would be freed in exchange for Mostafaei himself. So, that is how things stand right now; the stoning has been put on hold, an all points bulletin has been issued for Mostafaei and some nice people who were not even involved are rotting in prison.
Oh, I almost forgot, it seems Sakineh does have a second attorney to confer with, although he will likely face the same charges as Mostafaei when and if found. (Can you say poof goes the second lawyer)?
And everyone wonders why the tourist numbers for Iran are so down!