Iranian security forces arrested Farida Moradkhani, the niece of the country’s leader Ayatollah Ali Khamenei and a civil rights activist after she spoke out in favor of the ousted pro-western royal family.
Iranian Human Rights Activists News Agency (HRANA) said that Moradkhani, an activist who campaigns for the abolition of the death penalty, was arrested outside her home on Friday and taken to the notorious Evin prison.
“Security forces searched Ms. Mordakhani’s residence and took away many of her personal belongings. She has now called her family and informed them that she is being held in Evin Political Prion Ward 209,” HRANA said in a statement.
No charges have yet been brought against her, the statement added.
Her brother, Mahmoud Muradkhani, who is living in exile in France, told Iran International that his sister was on her way home, but before arriving, she was arrested.
“We don’t have any idea where she is now,” Muradkhani, who is also an opponent of the current Iranian regime, lamented.
Quoting Iranian sources in exile, the Telegraph reported that probable cause of Ms. Moradkhani’s detention was her statement of support for Iran’s former royal family, toppled in the 1979 Islamic revolution.
During an online event in October with former Queen Farah Diba, the widow of the last Shah, Ms Moradkhani hailed the ex-royal as a “mother of the nation” while celebrating her birthday, the outlet added.
Recently, Ayatollah Khamenei’s official website published an op-ed saying that many Iranians are now thinking that pro-Western Shah Era was like a Beauty and the Islamic Republic was the Beast for the past 42 years.
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