Exiled Iranian Lawyer Criticizes Regime
Iranian lawyer Mohammad Mostafaei, who has been
granted political asylum in Norway, has written to Iranian Supreme Leader Ali
Khamenei criticizing the regime, RFE/RL's Radio Farda reports.
Iranian lawyer Mohammad Mostafaei (file
Mostafaei represented Sakineh Mohammadi Ashtiani, the Iranian woman sentenced to
death by stoning for adultery, until he fled Iran this summer.
Mostafaei's criticism was prompted by statements broadcast on Iranian TV on
November 15 by two people identified as Ashtiani and her son, in which the woman
confessed to being a "sinner" and the man denied reports Ashtiani had been
"I have wanted to express my complaints against the actions and behavior of the
leader and all the other officials in power for a really long time," Mostafaei
told RFE/RL on November 17.
"I decided to send this letter after the forced interview with Sakineh and her
son Sajjad broadcast by Iranian television, which is a clear example of
blackmail and torture in Iran."
The letter was published on Mostafaei's blog and several other Iranian reformist
websites on November 16.
Mostafaei said he wrote to Khamenei solely in order to attract the widest
possible attention to Ashtiani's plight. For that reason, the letter was
translated into English and sent to several other organizations.
In his letter, Mostafaei also recalled the problems he and his family faced
after the Islamic Revolution in Iran.
He told RFE/RL: "People expected their economic and social status to improve,
and that women's and workers' rights would be observed, but that never
Mostafaei said he did not expect the supreme leader to respond to his letter.
"My real expectations are that people will unite and support each other and help
those in our country who are oppressed."
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