Iran: Woman taken hostage for husband’s activism

After 20 days of detention in the Department of Intelligence of Sanandaj, Shetaw Faroughi, a woman from Marivan, was transferred to the Central Prison of Sanandaj, capital of the Iranian Kurdistan Province, on Saturday, March 24, 2018.

Mrs. Faroughi was arrested along with her two children on March 3, 2018, by intelligence agents at Tabriz Airport, upon return from Istanbul where she had visited her husband. They were taken to the detention center of the Department of Intelligence in Sanandaj.

Mrs. Faroughi’s children, Mohammad, 12, and Ala, 5, were released after three days.

Barzan Faroughi is a Sunni Kurdish activist who left Iran and took refuge in Turkey two years ago due to pressures and harassment of security agencies.

Mrs. Faroughi has to provide a bail bond of 200 million toumans to be temporarily released.