AI Index: MDE 13/119/2008
19 August 2008
Further Information on UA 169/08 (MDE 13/084/2008, 17 June 2008) and follow-ups (MDE 13/089/2008, 27 June 2008; MDE 13/097/2008, 25 July 2008) - Arbitrary arrest/fear of torture or other ill-treatment and new concern: Prisoner of Conscience
Mahboubeh Karami (f), aged 40, journalist and women’s rights defender
About 200 others
Mahboubeh Karami was charged within the past week with "acting against national security," and the Revolutionary Court in Mahabad has scheduled her next hearing for 1 November, according to her lawyer. She has been held in Evin Prison in Tehran since 13 June. Amnesty International believes the charge is false, and that Mahboubeh Karami is a prisoner of conscience, detained solely for the peaceful exercise of her right to freedom of expression and association.
About 200 women who were arrested with her have all been released.
Mahboubeh Karami’s lawyer was only recently allowed to see the court documents concerning her case and will shortly be meeting with her for the first time.
The court set bail of one billion rials (approximately US$110,000) on 12 July, but her family have been unable to raise such a large amount.