Shafii said, “Put yourself in her mother’s shoes. It’s been more than year and she has no idea why her daughter was arrested and what will happen to her.”
The lawyer continued, “There’s obviously a difference of opinion as to what to do within the government. Legally the prosecutor has the final say in this matter, but I ask you, has anything about their arrests and treatment been legal so far?”
One significant development this morning in the case of Sarah Shourd, one of three Americans detained in July 2009 while walking along the Iran-Iraq border….
The Iranian Labor News Agency carries a follow-up interview with Tehran Prosecutor General Abbas Jafari Doulatabadi, who unveiled the “surprise” last night that Shourd would not be released today ina ceremony scheduled for a Presidential Palace in Tehran.
Doulatabadi strongly re-asserts the judiciary’s line, which is a slap-down of the Foreign Ministry and President Ahmadinejad. He reiterates that all three detainees — Shourd, Shane Bauer, and Josh Fattal — are still under judicial investigation and that none will be freed until the process is brought to an end.
Doulatabadi also gives a specific negative signal in the case of Shourd, who has health problems, when he says that sickness is not considered to be an alleviating factor and that news of possible freedom will be reliably relayed solely by judicial authorities. This is a reponse to those in the Foreign Ministry and Government who are saying that there is only a brief delay in the freeing of Shourd.
Meanwhile, Ahmadinejad’s office, dazed by the judiciary’s attack, is using the Islamic Republic News Agency as its media outlet. Last night, it could only offer a cursory statement that the release was delayed. This morning, its line — somewhat ludicrous, given the initial plans for a high-profile ceremony at the Presidential palace in Saad Abad — is that the freeing of Shourd has been postponed because Government offices are closed today.