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The Foreigner Relieved Mostafaei longs for the life that was. Iranian human rights lawyer Mohammad Mostafaei is safe in Norway but wishes he would be given the right to practice law and return to Iran. “My greatest hope is that I can go back and continue my work. If the Iranian authorities will ensure my rights and safety, I'll go back," Mostafaei said, according to the Associated Press. “Right now, I've lost the ability to work on the behalf of my clients. That means I've lost everything. Without that, it doesn't matter whether I'm in heaven or hell," he continued.

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Relieved Mostafaei longs for the life that was

Published on Monday, 9th August, 2010 at 21:22 under the news category, by Ramona Tancau.

Iranian human rights lawyer Mohammad Mostafaei is safe in Norway but wishes he would be given the right to practice law and return to Iran.



“Regrettable”

“My greatest hope is that I can go back and continue my work. If the Iranian authorities will ensure my rights and safety, I'll go back," Mostafaei said, according to the Associated Press.

“Right now, I've lost the ability to work on the behalf of my clients. That means I've lost everything. Without that, it doesn't matter whether I'm in heaven or hell," he continued.

Norwegian Foreign Minister Jonas Gahr Støre regards Mostafaei’s situation as unfortunate.

"It is regrettable that the pressure on courageous defense lawyers such as Mr. Mostafaei is so great that they are compelled to flee. They are doing an extremely important job in Iran,” he said in a press release yesterday.

International support

Støre confirms Norway was active in ensuring Turkish authorities didn’t extradite Mostafaei back to Iran after he was placed in prison in Istanbul.

“Ever since the Norwegian authorities learned that Mr Mostafaei had fled to Turkey, Norway has, like a number of other countries, been concerned that he should be given protection and not returned to Iran.”

Drewery Dyke of Amnesty International in London told NRK Mostafei’s choice of Norway wasn’t a coincidence.

“He understood that the Norwegian authorities were involved and were willing to go a little longer to defend his case and help him.”

Relieved

Meanwhile, CNN reports Mostafaei’s wife, Fereshteh Halimi, as well as her father and brother, have since been released on bail.

Halimi, who was charged with “concealing a suspect” after her husband fled the country, has  spent 13 days out of 14 in solitary confinement in Teheran’s notorious Evri prison.

“I think when they found that my husband was out of Iran and they couldn't reach him and I wouldn't be a good hostage anymore, that's when they released me," Halimi said, laughing.

Uncertain future

At yesterday’s press conference in Oslo following his arrival in Stavanger on Saturday, Mostafaei thanked the Norwegian authorities for all their support.

He also said he hoped his wife and their 7 year-old daughter would soon join him in Norway, but that is aware that it "might take some time because the government may try to prevent their departure."

“Last night I slept well for the first time in two weeks,’ Mostafaei told the Vamban News online newspaper after learning of his wife’s release.



Published on Monday, 9th August, 2010 at 21:22 under the news category, by Ramona Tancau.

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