Jailed Iranian Writer Ramin Jahanbegloo Barred From Seeing Lawyer
June 13, 2006 --
Iran's Justice Minister Jamal Karimirad said today that, for security reasons,
jailed writer Ramin Jahanbegloo cannot have access to a defense lawyer at this
stage in investigations.
Jahanbegloo (File Photo by Newsha Tavakol)
Jahanbegloo was arrested last month in the Iranian capital Tehran on charges of
Independent human rights
groups say the case is politically motivated.
Karimirad gave no
indication of how long the investigation will last.
Rights Groups Demand Release of Iranian Scholar Ramin
groups are appealing to Iranian officials to demand the release of a prominent
Iranian scholar, philosopher, and author who was detained in late April. Human
Rights Watch (HRW) insists Iranian authorities must immediately release Ramin
Jahanbegloo, who they say is being held without charges. HRW's deputy director,
Joe Stork, says Jahanbegloo "should be celebrated for his academic achievements,
not interrogated in one of Iran's most infamous prisons." The Paris-based League
in Defense of Human Rights in Iran says Jahanbegloo is being denied due legal
process. And French media watchdog Reporters Without Borders (RSF) has expressed
"outrage" over what they consider an illegal detention.
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