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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.
Ramin Jahanbegloo (File Photo by Newsha Tavakol)
Canadian-Iranian writer Jahanbegloo was arrested last month in the Iranian capital Tehran on charges of espionage.
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 Jahanbegloo
Human-rights 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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