By Staff Writer, Iran Probe
Monday, 30 May 2016
All furloughs scheduled for inmates of Tehran’s Evin Prison women’s ward have been cancelled under orders issued by the Tehran public prosecutor. This decision was made in response to the reactions of a meeting between Faeze Hashemi, the daughter of former Iranian president Akbar Hashemi Rafsanjani, with a Baha’i prisoner.
The Tehran prosecutor issued orders cancelling all furloughs for female inmates in Evin Prison and deprived them of writing any letters to their families. Prior to this the prisoners were permitted to write letters to their families each month.
These orders are issued in response to a meeting with a prisoner of conscience while on prison leave, reports indicate.
After a number of female prisoners officially held a ceremony marking women’s day in prison they all saw their furloughs cancelled by judiciary officials.
Fariba Kamal Abadi, a member of the Iran Baha’i Association, received prison leave on May 9th for the first time after serving 8 years of her sentence behind bars.
Faeze Hashemi, Nasreen Sotudeh, Zhila Bani Yaghoub, Mahsa Amir Abadi and Sajede Arab Sorkhi were the cellmates of Kamal Abadi, and they went to see her immediately after she received an unprecedented furlough. They posted images and clips of their meeting on social media websites. The meeting between this prisoner and Faeze Hashemi gained much attention on the Web.
Iran judiciary chief Mullah Sadegh Larijani made strong remarks against this meeting and emphasized firm action can be taken in response to such measures.
Despite all this, Faeze Hashemi said in response to this criticism: “I went to see Ms. Kamal Abadi because we were cellmates and lived together for 6 months, and she had received furlough after 8 years. This meeting was very ordinary.”
On 3 January 2012 Faeze Hashemi was convicted by branch 15 of Tehran’s “revolutionary” court to 6 months behind bars and also slapped a 5 year ban of any political, cultural and press media activities. The charges raised against her were “propaganda activities against the Islamic republic” and she began serving her sentence in October 2012.