Shahrzad Mir-Qolikhan (center) with her twin daughters after arriving in Muscat, Oman. The Iranian woman was detained by US authorities in Florida for five years., a photo by Pan-African News Wire File Photos on Flickr.
Female Iranian jailed in US back in Tehran
Since being released last Tuesday, Shahrzad Mir-Qolikhan, went straight to see her family once again in Oman. She stayed there for several days before heading to her home country.
Mir-Qolikhan had been detained at Miami airport in 2007 for allegedly violating U.S. sanctions against Iran. But, she consistently denied any wrongdoing.
She had given several interviews to Press TV during her imprisonment, complaining about mistreatment at the hands of prison staff.
Mir-Qolikhan said that she had been harshly treated and tortured by the prison officials.
Iran’s Foreign Ministry spokesman says the American government is to blame for the ordeals that Iranian national Shahrzad Mir-Qolikhan has suffered in the American jail.
“The Islamic Republic considers the U.S. government responsible for the torments that Mir-Qolikhan was subjected to and reserves this personal and official-legal right for her and the Iranian government,” Ramin Mehmanparast said on Sunday.
He added that the apprehension and prosecution of Mir-Qolikhan had been based on groundless allegations and was a violation of the basic legal principles.
“The Foreign Ministry has always and through various means protested to the U.S. government over the conditions she was kept in throughout her detention and the psychological pressures she was subjected to.”
“The Foreign Ministry will continue with its all-out efforts for securing the release of innocent Iranians in U.S. jails and the improvement of their condition in custody,” he said, urging key international figures to press Washington in this regard.