Iranian Scholar Stopped From Attending Italian Conference
PRAGUE -- Prominent Iranian lecturer Mehdi Zakerian
has been prevented from leaving the Iran to take part in a conference in Italy.
Zakerian's lawyer, Mohammad Sharif, told Radio Farda that legal issues and
transitional justice in the Palestinian territories were to be discussed at the
Zakerian, a board member of Iran's Center for Scientific Research and Middle
East Strategic Studies, was detained in 2008 on espionage charges.
His passport and other personal belongings, including his computer and research
papers, were confiscated at the airport.
Sharif told Radio Farda that authorities did not return Zakerian's passport and
he was unable to attend the conference.
He said the 2008 charges against Zakerian were based on his contacts with
foreign diplomats, which he maintained because of his work and research
No verdict on his case has been issued but a court hearing was held in February.
Zakerian has published several books and papers on international developments
and human rights issues.
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