- Iran's ambassador to Oman says Tehran has filed complaints with international legal, judicial, and human rights institutions requesting redress for mistreatment of its national, Shahrzad Mir-Qolikhan, in US jail.
Iran has complained to international courts and human rights organizations for the abuse of Mir-Qolikhan's rights and has even submitted a request for redress, Hossein Noushabadi said Friday.
- He further noted that the US government and judicial officials jailed Mir-Qolikhan under false accusations for five years in poor conditions and subjected her to psychological torture.
The Iranian ambassador added that the Iranian citizen is currently spending her time with her family in Oman, and will travel to Iran in the next few days.
- On August 7, Mir-Qolikhan arrived in the Omani capital city of Muscat, where she reunited with her twin daughters and her mother.
"This time I am looking forward to be with my mother and my two daughters that I have missed five years of their precious lives ... [which I] spent innocently in prison in the United States," she said during a brief news conference at the Muscat International Airport.
- Mir-Qolikhan was arrested in the US in December 2007, after being forced to return to the States from a vacation in Cyprus.
Her former husband, Mahmoud Seif, had been accused of trying to export night-vision goggles to Iran from Austria in violation of US sanctions against the Islamic Republic.
She was detained and sentenced to five years in prison by a Florida federal court in the absence of her husband. Mir-Qolikhan consistently denied any wrongdoing.
She gave several interviews to Press TV during her time in prison speaking of her terrifying ordeal and mistreatment at the hands of prison staff. She said that she had been harshly treated and tortured by the prison officials.
"I am disgusted... by these people and their treatment. I would rather die than being in this garbage can one more day," she told Press TV in one of her telephone interviews from the prison.