While demonstrations are still ongoing in Iran, especially in the Kurdish regions of the northwest of the country, after the movement broke out since September last year following the assassination of a young woman, Mahsa Amini, Mahmoud Moradkhani, brother of civil activist Farida Moradkhani and niece of the supreme leader Ali Khamenei announced her arrest.
Last night, in a brief tweet via his Twitter account, he said that his sister was arrested and sent to jail after she was tried by the Evin Court in Tehran, without giving any details.
Campaign to support prisoners
On the other hand, the activists considered that “the tension and anxiety of any opposition voice began to disturb the authorities in the country.”
While others believed that she was arrested to put pressure on her mother and prevent her from revealing what she knows about her brother (Khamenei).
Farida was also arrested last January after she read poems praising Farah Pahlavi, the wife of the former Shah of Iran.
However, this time her arrest came just months after she launched a campaign in support of political prisoners, Radio Farda reports.
Her father died under torture
It is noteworthy that Farida Maradkhani is the daughter of Ali Maradkhani, known as “Sheikh Ali Tehrani”, husband of Badri Hosseini, the sister of an Iranian guide, and he is one of the clerics who opposed the former Pahlavi regime.
He is also a prominent Iranian writer and preacher who supported the Khomeinist revolution in 1979 and represented the province of Khorasan on the Council of Constitutional Experts.
But later he deserted and opposed the regime, so he spent several months in prison in Mashhad.
After his release from prison in April 1984, he secretly fled to Iraq, where he worked for Iraqi Persian-language radio and television in Baghdad for many years and participated in propaganda programs against the Iranian regime.
However, he returned to Iran in 1995 and was sentenced to 20 years in prison, and in 2000 announced that he committed suicide in a cell.
However, his family denied the news of his suicide and his son Mahmoud Maradkhani confirmed that his father died under torture!