Thursday, June 07, 2007


An Open Letter to Judiciary of the Islamic Republic: Who is responsible for Arrest of Ali Shakeri?

For a Democratic and Secular Republic

June 8, 2007

An Open Letter to Judiciary of the Islamic Republic!

Who is responsible for
Arrest of Ali Shakeri?

Head of the Judiciary of the Islamic Republic of Iran
Ayatollah Seyed Mahmoud Hashemi Shahroudi

Almost a month has passed since the arrest of Ali Shakeri, a member of the United Republicans of Iran, who was visiting his dying mother who passed away days after seeing him for the last time.

Still authorities under your jurisdiction decline to reveal his whereabouts and the reason for his rest. On the very same day that Mr. Alireza Jamshidi, the spokesperson for the Judiciary stated in an interview that “Mr. Shakeri is not arrested and there are no charges pending against him” Daily Keyhan reported on his arrest along with fabricated charges.

The United Republicans of Iran strongly condemns the arrest of Ali Shakeri and expects you as the head of the judiciary of the country to announce under whose jurisdiction he has been detained and why it has cleared itself for his detention.

We are worried about the safety of Ali and demand to hear about his status and for him to have the right to a lawyer and for his immediate release.

At the same time, we are concerned about the safety and wellbeing of three other Iranians namely Mrs. Haleh Esfandiari, Mrs. Nazi Azima as well as Mr. Kian Tajbakhsh. The charges against them are without merit and that they must be released immediately.

We seek guarantee of security for all Iranian for their basic right as a citizen to travel to their country without fear and intimidation and warn the leader of the Islamic Republic of Iran on its consequences.

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