Iran Holding California College Student in Prison

Friday , October 24, 2008

CAIRO, Egypt —

An American university student in Iran to visit family and research women’s
rights has been arrested and held in prison for more than a week, rights group
Amnesty International said.
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.


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