Esha Momeni, a student at California State University, Northridge, was driving on a highway in Tehran when she was stopped by authorities who said they were traffic police, the London-based Amnesty said.
Iranian officials said Momeni was arrested Oct. 15 for a traffic offense. But Amnesty said in a statement Tuesday she was taken to her family's home where her computer and other materials related to her research on the Iranian women's movement were confiscated.
Momeni, who is a member of the California branch of Change for Equality _ an Iranian women's rights group _ was later taken to Evin prison, the Tehran facility notorious for holding political prisoners, Amnesty said.
Her family was told by an Iranian court on Monday that her case was still being investigated, and no details would be released until after the probe was completed, Amnesty said.
Posted by Poor girl., a resident of the Midtown neighborhood, on Oct 24, 2008 at 7:20 am
I hope she understood the danger she was going into simply by going to a country led by fanatics where we have no ability to protect her, other than declaring war. And with our left wing here and around the world who don't believe war is EVER the answer, bullies are free now to do what they wish. Especially since they believe Obama will be elected.
Please let us know if there is any group with power we can at least send money to in order to get her out of there.