U.N. high commissioner in Turkey has announced that Mr. Mohammad Mostafai, judicial lawyer who had previously announced that he would not appear at the judicial center in Iran following the arrest of his family members, has asked for political asylum in Turkey.
Matin Churab Atr, the spokesperson for U.N. high commission in Turkey speaking with Radio Farda has announced that on Wednesday August 4, 21010 a person by the name of Mohammad Mostafai has asked for refugee status in Turkey.
Also according to Associated Press, the U.N. high commissioner in Turkey has announced that they are investigating Mr. Mostafai’s case and the doors are open for him to seek political asylum.
This news agency quoting a paper in Turkey writes that after entering Turkey, Mr. Mostafai was arrested due to some irregularities in his passport.
Mohammad Mostafai, judicial lawyer and human rights activist, was summoned to Evin prison last Saturday for some explanations and left the prison on his own after being interrogated. But after he left, prison official contacted him a second time and summoned him again.
When he did not appear at the prison the second time, security agents arrested his wife and brother on charges of hiding and abetting Mr. Mostafai and announced that they would only be released on the condition of Mr. Mostafai appearing at Evin prison.
Following this arrest, Mr. Mostafai wrote an open letter to Abbas Jafari-DolatAbadi, Tehran prosecutor and asked the judiciary to end what he referred to as ‘hostage taking’.
In this letter he wrote that after he heard the news about the arrest of his loved ones, he was compelled to appear at Evin prison but he “could not stand the lawlessness and violations of basic human rights” and therefore decided not to appear.
Mohammad Mostafai was the lawyer for many cases where the accused were sentenced to executions or stoning including cases for Behnoud Shojai and Sakineh Mohammadi-Ashtiani which were followed by an international campaign.