Shirin Ebadi’s sister is released after 17 days

Jan 18, 20100 comments

Shirin Ebadi’s sister is released after 17 days Dr. Nooshin Ebadi, sister of Nobel Peace Laureate Shirin Ebadi, who had been arrested by security authorities on December 28 without any charges, was released on Wednesday night. In an interview with Deutsche Welle, Shirin Ebadi said that, “my sister was not a detainee, but a hostage”. Prior to Nooshin Ebadi’s arrest, Ministry of Information officers had summoned her several times and had asked her to sever her relations with her sister and to move from her home which is in the same residential complex as Shirin Ebadi’s. Authorities had also threatened her that if she continues her relations with her sister, they would arrange for her dismissal from her university job. In addition to her sister, Shirin Ebadi’s husband and brother have also been targets of harassment and abuse by security forces. In one episode, security officers summoned her husband and asked him to give them telephone numbers of their children who live in Europe. This request was faced with outrage and refusal of Ebadi family. Nooshin Ebadi is released while the fates of 150 others detained during the post-Ashura events remain unknown.