Tuesday, January 24, 2012

Rasouli Denied Phone-call to Family

Into the second week of their arrest, official silence is continuing about the Iranian journalists Parastoo Dokhouhaki, Marzieh Rasouli and Saham Bourghani. Families are concerned as despite their daily quest none have been allowed to meet the Judge in charge of the case. This has been particularly troubling for Rasouli's family as their daughter is the only one not to contact her family in the past few days.

Rasouli was arrested last Tuesday at her home and allowed to contact her family the following day - after which she's not called. Dokouhaki, who was arrested on Sunday 15 January, has called a few times, saying she was "alright", according to her family.

Both journalists - as well as the photo-journalist Bourghani have been taken to Evin prison and are reportedly being held in the ward AA, supervised by the Revolutionary Guards and not the Iranian Prisons Organisation. Iranian authorities, judicial or other, are yet to offer any explanation into these and a number of recent, similar arrests.

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