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Interview with Nasrin Sotoudeh Regarding the Mansoureh Shojaee’s Case:Some in the Military Intend, by Taking the Judiciary under their Control, to Diminish the Judiciary’s Independence.

Monday 18 January 2010, by admin

Feminist School: Three weeks since Mansoureh Shojaee, scholar and woman’s activist and one of the founding members of the Campaign for One Million Signatures, was arrested, no one yet knows the reason for her detention. She was detained by the security forces after midnight on December 28 at her home; however, her husband and son, who were present at home at the time, could not see the court order for her detention.

She has contacted her family twice by phone during the last week.
We have talked to Nasrin Sotoodeh, attorney to Mansoureh Shojaee and numerous others detainees, regarding their detentions.

Q: Ms. Sotoodeh, Do you have any new information regarding the charges against Mansoureh Shojaee?

N. S.: Towards the end of last week, my client Mansoureh Shojaee has contacted her family. Based on the information given to her by her interrogator, she has told her husband that her case would be forwarded to the Revolutionary Court the following week so that we can follow her case through it. Today, Dey 20, I returned to the office of the Revolutionary Court’s magistrate; unfortunately, neither the magistrate nor the judge was in the office. Indeed, there was no one around from whom I could obtain any information regarding her case. In the Revolutionary Court I was told that all the magistrates are stationed in Evin Prison for any further information.

Q: Have you ever been in the Revolutionary Court over Mansoureh Shojaee’s case?

N. S.: Yes, I was there last week. But unfortunately no one knew about her case then. Her husband, too, went there himself, but he could not get any information either. He was told that no one is there to give him any information about his wife and he should refer to the office of magistrate in Evin prison. He was supposed to return to the office of magistrate in Evin Prison, but when Ms. Shojaee contacted him, she told him that according to her interrogator, her case would be sent to the Revolutionary Court this week. However, we could not get any information there either.

Q: What is your next step for Ms. Shojaee’s case?

N. S.: I will return to the Revolutionary Court this week again to follow up, to see if I can find someone in charge to give me some information about my client.

Q: Ms, Sotoodeh, the fact that many families and lawyers cannot obtain any information regarding their loved ones in prison has worried many people. This is more so ever since the authorities, military or security, have repeatedly threatened people by announcing that “the judiciary would treat the protestors more harshly.†What is your opinion in that regard?

N. S.: See, this notion that the military or security would express their opinion about the judiciary’s interaction with people, or advise them to treat them harshly, disregarding their motivations or aims, is illegal. If the military and security authorities, including the chief of security forces announces on the radio and television on the eve of Ashoura, that “certainly, the judiciary would treat the protestor severely,†not only would it worry the families of those who are arrested and the human rights lawyers, but it would undermine the independence of the judiciary. If not unprecedented, this is surely highly unusual, for the judiciary chooses its consultants among the military and security forces. This is quite worrisome.

Such statements coming form the chief military and security forces’ offices give rise to a disturbing idea that the military forces intends to influence the judiciary by issues totally unrelated to law. That is why when the office of the magistrate does not provide any information to the families of those arrested, it adds more to the anxiety of people.
Keivan Samimi and Ali Parviz’s cases.

Q: Ms. Sotoodeh, what about your other clients? Any news from their cases?

N. S.: Mr. Keivan Samimi is one of my clients. His second section of investigative- trial is supposed to be in effect on Tuesday. Keivan Samimi was arrested on Khordad 23rd in his house and he is still in prison. Dr. Molaii and I are his lawyers. In the first investigative-trial, the judge noticed that some part of the investigation’s report has not been attached to his file, so he demanded the material to be attached. For this reason Mr. Samimi’s file, which was only 10-15 pages, has now turned into a heavy file of 400-500 pages. Dr. Molaii and I should read this file before appearing in court on Tuesday.

My other client is a nine year old student. His name is Ali Parviz from Khajeh Naser University. He was put in trial this morning in the Revolutionary Court. There were two charges against him: propagation against the Islamic Republic and cooperation and collaboration in order to disturb the national security. Among the documents to stand as witness against him regarding the first charge is his two time participation in Friday prayers, one with Mr. Khamenehi as the Friday Imam and the other with Mr. Rafsanjani as the Friday Imam. The problem is that for last 30 years, participation in Friday prayers not only were encouraged but also has been an obligation; now, in his case, having participated in two of them is considered crime.

Translated by:Mina Siegel

Source in Persian :http://iranfemschool.com/spip.php?article4052

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