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Mahboubeh Karami Released Temporarily on Half Million Dollar Bail Order

Thursday 19 August 2010


Change for Equality: Mahboubeh Karami women’s rights and Campaign activists was temporarily released on the evening Wednesday August 18, 2010 after posting a bail amount of 500 Million Tomans (roughly $500,000).

Karami spent 170 days in detention. Her court session was held on Saturday August 14, 2010 after which the bail order was issued by judge. Despite the extremely high bail order and the fact that Mahboubeh continues to insist that none of her human rights and women’s rights activities constitued the breaking of the law, her family posted the bail, by submitting the deed to their family home. It should be noted that Mahboubeh suffered from extreme and debilitating depression while in detention and was very worried about the health of her ailing father.

Mahboubeh Karami is a women’s rights and Campaign activist who was arrested on March 2, 2010, after her home was searched and personal property seized. Since her arrest in March, Mahboubeh has spent 80 days in solitary confinement, and is currently being held in Section 2 of Evin Prison managed by the Revolutionary Gaurds. This is the fifth time that Mahboubeh has been arrested. She was arrested in relation to the student uprising in July 1999 twice. Mahboubeh Karami was arrested a third time in June 2009 on the charge of endangering national security and released after 70 days and a fourth time in March 2009 along with 11 others while intending to pay a visit to the family of the late Dr. Zahra Baniyaghoub who had died suspiciously while in detention. Mahboubeh was released 13 days later. She has been acquitted in all the four cases brought against her.

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