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A group of Campaign Activists Visit with Mahboubeh Karami

Tuesday 22 February 2011


Change for Equality: A group of Campaign activists visited with Mahboubeh Karami after she was sentenced to serve a mandatory term of three years in prison by the 54th branch of the appeals court, presided over by Judge Movahed.

Prior to this court ruling and while in temporary detention, Mahboubeh had suffered from extreme depression. Doctors have determined that further incarceration could have serious implications on Mahboubeh’s state of mental health and well being. Still the Judge in charge of her case did not take the medical recommendation into question during the hearing.

According to Campaign activists who visited with Mahboubeh, she was in good spirits. She mentioned during the visit that: “I do not regret the path I have taken, I believe in my cause wholeheartedly, and am willing to pay the price. Still, I do believe that this sentence is very harsh.”

Mahboubeh Karami is a Campaign and women’s rights activist. She was arrested on March 2, 2010 after security forces searched her home and confiscated her belongings. She was charged with participating in protests, but according to her brother, she did not participate in any protests, because after the death of their mother, Mahboubeh was the sole caretaker of her ill father and had not been politically or socially active due to her overwhelming responsibilities at home. Mahboubeh was released on 500 Million Toman Bail (roughtly $500,000) on August 18, 2010 after spending 170 days in temporary detention.

Prior to this arrest, Mahboubeh Karami had been arrested on five other occasions and was acquitted in all five cases.

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