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Zahra Bahrami Is A Cautionary Tale For Egyptian Revolutionaries

by | 3rd, February 2011

ZAHRA Bahrami. Does that name mean anything to you? Has it been on the TV news much? Or are the events in Egypt filling the news space?

On December 27, 2009, Bahrami a 46-year-old Iranian-born naturalised Dutch citizen was arrested in Iran. It was during the Ashura protests against an allegedly rigged Presidential vote.

The Dutch learnt of the arrest and wanted to speak with their citizen. The Iranians refused. It does not recognise dual nationality.

In August 2010, Bahrami was charged with belonging to a pro-monarchist group presumably one hankering for the days of the Shah, when people were tortured and abused by an elite placed in power by God’s will (see pre and post-Revolutionary Iran are not so different).

Bahrami was, in official parlance, accused of being a Mohareb an enemy of God.

Amnesty writes :

Held for months without access to her family, a lawyer or Dutch consular assistance, she was reported to have “confessed” on television to “forming an [illegal] group with three others”, possessing weapons and planning or engaging in acts against national security, and to have ‘confessed’ to having contact with two banned organizations, the Anjoman-e Padeshahi-e Iran (API), and the People’s Mojahedin Organization of Iran (PMOI).

On September 4, 2010, her lawyer, one Nasrian Sotoudeh, was jailed in Iran. His apparent crime was to have fomented propaganda against the state ”.

A short while after reports arrived that drugs had been found in Bahrami’s home. Drugs carry the death penalty.

The prosecutor’s office said Bahrami had

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