Women Prisoners Accused of Moharebeh in Legal Standstill

HRANA – Many women prisoners in the notorious Evin prison have been accused of “Moharebeh” or “waging war against God” but their legal cases have been at a standstill for months. They also face other serious charges that have no relevance to their actions.

According to reports from Kalameh, these women are held in harsh conditions and are denied the most basic personal and hygienic amenities.
Mrs. Maryam Akbari-Monfared is one of these prisoners. She was arrested on December 31, 2009 and sent directly to Evin prison. Mrs. Akbari-Monfared has three children, the youngest of whom is five. The authorities have charged her with “Moharebeh” through membership in the Mujahedin-e-Khalq organization and are keeping her in prison under completely illegal circumstances.
Mrs. Monfared has been in prison for months, yet her arrest order was never renewed after it expired long ago. She has repeatedly denied having any connection with the MKO and expressed her deep concern about her young children.
Ms. Parvin Javadzadeh is another inmate in the Women’s Ward at Evin prison held under extremely difficult conditions. Like Mrs. Monfared, Mrs. Javadzadeh was arrested on December 27, 2009, by IRGC agents while walking on the street.  At the age of 22, she is the youngest political prisoner in the Women’s Ward. She spent the first three months of her detention in a solitary confinement cell in the IRGC Intelligence Detention Center, and is in terrible physical and psychological conditions.  Based on information received from the Women’s Ward, this young woman has also been charged with Moharebeh and her case has recently been sent to Branch 15 of the Revolutionary Court.

Additional reports also give news of the severe psychological and physical condition of three other inmates in the Women’s Ward at Evin prison.

Ms. Kobra Zaghedoost, Ms. Badrosadat Mofidi, Director of the Association of Journalists, and Ms. Fatemeh Khorramjoo, have also been held in Evin prison for months in uncertainty, while none of the requisite legal procedures were followed for their arrests or temporary detention warrants.


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