Homa Hoodfar free from Iranian prison

by | Sep 26, 2016 | News


Homa Hoodfar has been released from a Iranian prison. CANADIAN PRESS

By: Caitlin Patrick 

Prime Minister Justin Trudeau has confirmed that Dr. Homa Hoodfar, who was imprisoned in Tehran’s Evin prison since June 6, has been released.

“Canadians are relieved that Dr. Hoodfar has been released from jail and will soon be reunited with her family, friends and colleagues,” Trudeau said in a statement released earlier today.

Hoodfar, a 65-year-old anthropology professor from Concordia University was hospitalized in prison because she was unable to walk or talk. She suffers from a rare neurological disease that causes severe muscle weakness.

Hoodfar was charged by Iranian authorities with collaborating with a hostile government against national security and propaganda against the state. These charges weren’t presented to her lawyer who was frequently denied visits. The prosecutor described it as “dabbling in feminism.” She was in Iran for a personal and research visit.

Her family says she has left Iran and is currently in Oman with friends.

“The Government of Canada has been actively and constructively engaged at the highest levels in Dr. Hoodfar’s case – since her ordeal began,” said Trudeau. “In the absence of diplomatic representation of its own in Iran, Canada worked closely with others who were instrumental in helping secure Dr. Hoodfar’s release – most notably Oman, Italy and Switzerland. I would like to extend our sincerest appreciation for their support.”

Alan Shepard, the president of Concordia University, said in a press release that they look forward to welcoming her home.

“The university is thankful that the tireless efforts of governments, diplomats and colleagues across Canada and internationally were successful,” said Shepard. “The Concordia community, in particular faculty and staff members and unions, played a critical role in securing her release. This is a victory for academic freedom.”