By Iran Probe Staff
Friday,22 June 2018
Iranian attorney, Zeynab Taheri, was arrested for revealing that her client was severely tortured in jail. Amnesty International called for her immediate and unconditional release.
Early morning of June 18th, Iranian regime executed 51-year old Mohammad Salas, a member of Sufis, a religious minority group in Iran. This was despite all global campaign to save his life. Next day, on Tuesday June 19th, Zeynab Taheri, Salas’s attorney was arrested. Fake charges mullahs put against her included “spreading propaganda against the system”, “publishing lies” and “disturbing public opinion”. Mullahs in Tehran use these and other similar charges to arrest and suppress their opponents. Iranian regime accused Mohammad Salas of murdering three policemen, but Salas denied the charges and said he was not the bus driver who drove over the policemen.
Salas was executed despite he claimed to be innocent. Earlier, on May 22nd his attorney, Mrs. Taheri, released an audio tape in which Salas says he was in innocent. “I am innocent. There were two buses.
I was not the driver of the bus that killed those people. I am not a killer. The police have fabricated all of this. I was not behind the wheel of the bus that killed those people”.
Mrs Taheri announced earlier that her client, Mr Salas had been severely beaten up when arrested. She also said that Mohammad Salas received 17 fractures in his skull, lost some of his eye sight. His ears and hearing were also damaged.
Responding to the arrest of Zeynab Taheri, Philip Luther, Amnesty International’s Research and Advocacy Director for the Middle East and North Africa, said:
“It’s telling that Zeynab Taheri’s arrest followed her public announcement that she intended to publish key evidence pointing to Mohammad Salas’ innocence. Her arrest exposes yet again the Iranian authorities’ relentless persecution of lawyers who speak out against torture and unfair trials.”
“Zeynab Taheri must be immediately and unconditionally released, and Instead of arresting her for her work as a lawyer, the Iranian authorities should be addressing the widely held concerns regarding the unconscionable execution of Mohammad Salas after a grossly unfair trial,” he added.