Order to Stop Investigation of Suspects Associated with Doctor Zahra Bani Yaghob’s Case

The court case for Zahra Bani Yaghob is now considered closed, and was put in the archives by the public prosecutor’s office of Hamedon’s Revolutionary Court, Branch 3. Investigations of all suspects associated with the case have been ordered to stop.

Shirin Ebadi, a lawyer representing the family of Dr. Bani Yaghob’s, stressed in an interview with Change for Equality that they will appeal the case, and stated: “In reference to the suspicious death of Dr. Bani Yaghob, I have submitted my case against the agents and authorities involved in her arrest. I provided reasons that the death of Dr. Bani Yaghob could not have occurred as a result of suicide, and have submitted my petition to Hamedon’s court. However, since all the suspects involved in the case are associated with Hamedon’s judicial office, I have requested that the case be transferred to Tehran for a fair trial”.

According to a statement by Ms. Ebadi’s, this request was submitted to the office of Ayatullah Shahroodi. After initial review, the request to transfer the case to Tehran was accepted. A request letter for transferring the case was registered with the Hamedon judicial office and issued a registration number. However, during four months of follow-ups by Dr. Bani Yaghob’s father, the judicial office in Hamedon insisted that they have in fact not received the request, and that Ayatullah Shahroodi’s order for transferring the case had not been executed. Finally, today, July 12th, a statement issued by Hamedon’s court was delivered to Dr. Bani Yaghob’s father, stating that investigations of all suspects associated with Dr. Bani Yaghob’s case have been ceased. This was done in spite of arguments by defense lawyers that the courts in Hamedon are no longer fit to review this case, and therefore should not take any further action regarding the case.

Ms. Ebadi stated her regret and displeasure about the fou- month delay by Hamedon’s judicial office in responding to such a prominent request from Tehran: “Hamedon took advantage of the four month lull in this case, and in a preemptive act, released all suspects involved in this case”.

Ms. Ebadi further added: “the reason why Dr. Bani Yaghob’s family is not convinced of her suicide is that at the time Dr. Bani Yaghob was reported to have committed suicide, she was actually having a telephone conversation with her brother, which she made from the prison telephone to his mobile phone. All of our efforts to get the list of calls made to Dr. Bani Yaghob’s brother’s cell phone from the communication institution went unheeded. Our legal request to subpoena these records was ignored and tampered with”.

Another reason for dismissing suicide as the cause of death has to do with the height of Dr. Bani Yaghob. Ms. Ebadi said: “Dr. Bani Yaghob’s height was 175 cm, and adding at least 10 cm for the height of the rope used in the suicide makes it unlikely that she committed suicide in a cell that was measured to be 190 cm high”.

Furthermore, in photographs taken at the scene where Dr. Bani Yaghob died, a chair is shown with traces of dusty footprints on its seat. According to authorities, the footprints are those of Bani Yaghob. However, considering her height she did not need to climb on a chair to hang herself. Ms. Ebadi added: “Hamedon’s judicial authorities have never given a reasonable answer to how a person whose foot is on the ground can commit suicide and then issue a release order to vindicate all suspects in such a hurried manner”.

Source: Change for Equality

english source:IHRV | July 12, 2008

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