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More details about Dr. Zahra Baniyaghoob’ file

Posted by IHRV On May - 25 - 2008

zahra-bani-ameri.jpgFriday, 23 May, 2008The file of Dr. Zahra Baniyaghoub was finally transferred from Hamedan to Tehran, after several months of perseverance effort of her family and her lawyers. According to her father, based on the letter from Tehran Public Prosecuting Attorney, the file has been sent to Criminal Court in Arg Court of Tehran. Her lawyers are waiting for an appointment to be set by the court for the investigation of the case.
Dr. Zahra Baniyaghoub’s family believe that the relationship between suspects and juridical authorities in Hamedan could have negative impacts on the process of investigation of their daughter’s file. That is why they asked for transformation of the file from Hamedan to Tehran. Earlier, the court in Hamedan was supposed to have an inquiry session for this case on 21st of June, but it is now canceled automatically. His father believed that the session of June 21st was set up to help suspects to close the case by satisfying complainants recant their request.
Zahra Baniyaghoub, a 27 year old physician, who was doing her mandatory medical services (GP) in one of the remote poorest villages of Iran, was arrested while she was talking with her fiancé in a park in the western city of Hamedan on the Friday morning at 10am in Oct. 12th, 2007. Then she was taken to the police station by Iran’s morals and virtues police. She was arrested because her marital status was not clear at the time of arrest (she and her fiancé were not legally related and so not entitled to be alone together under Islamic law). Two days later officials claimed that Zahra hang herself in the custody until she died, using a piece of textile in the hallway of the second floor. But her family believed that she had been murdered so they sued the morals and virtues police of Hamedan.
According to Abolghasem Baniyaghoub, Zahra’s father, this case has been sent to Tehran while no information is available about three homicide suspects. One of the suspects is Colonel G.P. and two baseeji members (baseej is a volunteer based Iranian paramilitary force). Her father cannot remember two baseejis’ names but can recognize their faces.
After several months of perseverance effort of her family and her lawyers, finally her father said that Colonel Gharabaghi who was in charge of the police station at the time of arrest has been expelled recently from his office, while officials had been announced his dismissal a few months ago. Her father said that none of suspects was in custody even for an hour! They were just questioned for the case. Now they are free on a small bail. The most expensive bail for three suspects was about US$44000.0 which was issued for the Colonel who was in charge of the police station. However, lawyers believe that such a bail is not justified and is very low for this case, compared to similar cases in Iran. Two other suspects were set free on US$1085.0 up to US$2170.0 bails.
Zahra’s family and lawyers asked for disinterment to irradiate the dark side of the file. The clearance for disinterment was issued on Nov. 30th, 2007. However, the clearance was received by her family about 4 months later (on April 10th, 2008). Her father believes that this clearance was given to him very late, because officials wanted to remove all evidences which could be found in her body. Considering the time for the process of disinterment, the real gap is more than 4 months that means it was a set up by officials to destroy all evidences that might be available.

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