In fear of public unrest, Iran releases Sahar Beheshti

In fear of public unrest, Iran releases Sahar Beheshti

Published by on August 28, 2016

Sahar-BeheshtiOn Friday August 26, Iran suppressive security forces raided the family home of Sattar Beheshti and arrested his sister, Sahar. Sattar, a dissident web-blogger was arrested in November 2013 and killed under brutal torture.
The purpose of attack was the refusal of Sahar to stop the remembrance ceremony of Sattar, in which his family and friends were gathering to mark his birthday.
During the attack, the regime’s agents harshly beat Ms. Sahar Beheshti and her husband, and arrested them and a number of participants in the event.
Sahar Beheshti was transferred to an unknown location. A number of detainees including her husband were subsequently released with a summons to be called by repressive organs.
Today afternoon, fearing more public outrage and subsequent to her firm stance against security agents, they were forced to release her by reducing the heavy bail.
It is important to mention that following Sahar’s arrest, Ms. Eshqi (Sattar’s mother) had said: “My son was sacrificed for Iran, and I’m prepared to lose my daughter in the path of Iran’s freedom as well.”


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