Roxana Saberi Needs Another Daniel in Court
UPDATED: Sun Apr 26: ( Reuters via Yahoo )The lawyer was refused access to Ms. Saberi for some unknown reason today. That means what we all fear may come to pass: her dream of Ebadi's assistance is all but dead and with it her hopes of survival.
Imagine being tried for an International crime and dreaming that a Nobel Peace Laureate was the lawyer defending you. Now imagine if that dream came true.
Would you be excited ? Sure you would, to the point of elation.
Now just imagine if you were journalist Roxana Saberi, an American from Fargo,
N. Dakota, being tried in a revolutionary Iranian court on charges of spying, and you had that very same dream come true....a Nobel Peace Laureate on your defense team !
"The trial against her was unfair and was not in line with our constitution," the human rights lawyer told the German daily newspaper Bild.
"On the family's request, I have now taken over the case and will protest against the judgement."
Yes, you might still be elated, but with many reservations about not only the judicial courts in Iran, but also about your lawyer, Shirin Ebadi. For aside from being Iran's first Nobel prize winner, Ms. Ebadi is a lecturer in the West, a human rights activist, supporter of Gays and the founder of Children's Rights Support Association in Iran. Commenting on Iran's President Ahmedinejad's call for 'justice' in Saberi's case, she said
"I wish he would deal with the problems in his own country instead of stirring up hatred."
A brief glance at Shirin Ebadi's wiki is as promising as it is disconcerting :
In the last 23 years, from the day I was stripped of my judgeship to the years of doing battle in the revolutionary courts of Tehran, I had repeated one refrain: an interpretation of Islam that is in harmony with equality and democracy is an authentic expression of faith. It is not religion that binds women, but the selective dictates of those who wish them cloistered. That belief, along with the conviction that change in Iran must come peacefully and from within, has underpinned my work."
At the same time, Ebadi expresses a nationalist love of Iran and a critical view of the Western world. She opposed the pro-Western Shah, initially supported the Islamic Revolution, remembers the CIA's 1953 overthrow of prime minister Mohammed Mosaddeq with rage, and feels anger toward family and friends who have emigrated to Western countries with better job opportunities. "I refuse to write letters to those who had left ... When someone leaves Iran, it's as though that person has died to me."
Ms. Saberi is undoubedtly praying for another Daniel to come to judgement now, even as I wonder, will all this put another glimmer in Obama's eye ?