Teaching Comparative Government and Politics

Friday, August 13, 2010

Rule of whose law?

When people flee a country because of fears of political persecution, things are not going well. This Iranian case reminds me of Iranians who fled the country in the 1970s.

Iranian lawyer in stoning case flees to Norway
The lawyer defending a woman sentenced to death by stoning in Iran said... that he has applied for asylum in Norway…

The 31-year-old said he fled to Turkey last week after learning Iranian officials intended to arrest him. He flew to Norway Saturday after being detained briefly in Turkey over an undisclosed passport issue.

Mostafaei maintained a blog that sparked a worldwide campaign to free his client, Sakineh Mohammadi-Ashtiani, a 43-year-old mother of two, who was sentenced to death by stoning after she was found guilty of adultery…

Late last month, Mostafaei - an outspoken lawyer who also has defended many juvenile offenders and political prisoners - was summoned for questioning by judicial officials at Tehran's Evin prison, released after several hours, then asked to return, which he failed to do. The same day, his wife, Fereshteh Halimi, and her brother, Farhad Halimi, were detained in a possible attempt to pressure Mostafaei to surrender if he wasn't already detained...

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