A glimmer of hope for Zeinab Jalalian?

Prosecutor General of Tehran, Abbas Jafari Dolatabadi

Reports out today indicate that Zeinab Jalalian, a young Kurdish woman on death row in Iran, will be transferred from Evin Prison in Tehran back to Kermanshah, where her trial and sentencing took place. This was a decision made by Prosecutor General of Tehran, Abbas Jafari Dolatabadi.

Jalalian had recently been placed in Section 209 of Evin Prison, run by the government’s Ministry of Intelligence. This had increased concern about her fate.

Dr. Mohammad Sharifi,  lawyer for Jalalian, announced this news of the transfer to Kermanshah after meeting with the Prosecutor General on 05 July. He also says he is ‘optimistic about the prospect of her appeal.’

Zeinab Jalalian

Jalalian has been imprisoned in Evin for the past five months, during which time she was only able to meet with her father once. According to the lawyer, her transfer to Kermanshah will at least make it easier for her family to visit.

This is surprising and curious news considering the harsh attitude and recent threats by Dolatabadi. Dolatabadi recently summoned Mahdiye Golru, a student activist and political prisoner, and threatened her for defending her former cellmate Shirin Alam Houli, one of four Kurdish political prisoners executed by the Iranian regime on 09 May.

Dolatabadi has also been involved in threatening and warning female political prisoners not to speak out or publicise prison conditions in the women’s ward, threatening to punish the entire group if anything about is revealed about conditions there.

sources:

Hassan Sayeh. Extremely Difficult Conditions in the Women’s Ward in Evin Prison, Iran. Canada Free Press, 30 June 2010.

Zeynab Jalalian’s lawyer ‘optimistic’ about appeal. Persian2English, 11 July 2010.

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