Omid Memarian

Wednesday, December 13, 2006

My Trial….Postponed Again!
Still, officials responsible for the arbitrary detention and alleged torture are free!!!

“On December 3, branch 1059 of Tehran’s Judiciary commenced a trial against four men, Roozbeh Mirebrahimi, Shahram Rafizadeh, Omid Memarian, and Javad Gholam Tamimi, on charges of “participation in formation of groups to disturb national security,” “propaganda against the state,” “dissemination of disinformation to disturb public opinion by writing articles for newspapers and illegal internet sites,” and “interviews with foreign radio broadcasts.” The court has held one closed-door session, and the trial is scheduled to resume on December 17.”

Yes, it has postponed again, because the judge was sick. I don’t know when this story will finish, but it is getting so frustrating. Going to trial for months and months is a tiring game for journalists and activists in Iran. It wastes their capabilities badly… Still far from home, again, I feel the solitary confinement atmosphere, living under the light for a week and the other nasty things, even here in Berkeley.

Here is a part of Human Rights Watch letter to condemn Iran’s judiciary to continue abusing us:

“The detention of the men by Iranian security forces has been fraught with allegations of serious abuse. In September and October 2004, Tehran’s prosecutor general, Saeed Mortazavi, orchestrated the secret detentions and alleged torture of 21 bloggers and staff of internet news sites known to be critical of the government. Following domestic and international protests, the authorities ordered the release of all the detainees. But the release order came only after Mortazavi had personally coerced the four bloggers now on trial to sign written confessions as a condition for their release, they said. While the Judiciary dropped the charges against the 17 others, it prosecuted those four.”

(I have talked this picture in January 2005 out of the court. Dr. Shirin Ebadi (left) and Nasrin Sotoudeh, attorneys who represent bloggers’ case are discussing about our meeting with the judge. Shirin Ebadi is the 2003 Noble Peace laureate, is asking me some deatail question about detention and people I visited in detention. I took this picture with my cell phone.)


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