Iran – Evin Prison, 27 October 2012. Zahra (Mahboubeh) Mansouri was detained and sent to the “Womens’ Ward” to complete her 2 year jail sentence. Zahra was arrested first on June 1st, 2011 and detained in Ward 209 for 2 months, and then released on bail. Zahra was then prosecuted on the usual charges of “acting against national security,” and sentenced to 5 years in prison, which was later reduced on basis of poor health to 2 years in jail and 5 years suspended imprisonment.
Zahra is 60 years old and is suffering from epilepsy, digestive system failure, and is not capable of sitting. Zahra is a breast cancer survivor: she was operated on for breast cancer while in Ward 209 of Evin Prison and then transferred from hospital directly to solitary confinement.
Zahra is the sister of Mohammad Ali Mansouri, who has been sentenced to 17 years in prison on charges of having had contact with anti-regime opposition since 2 September 2007. Zahra has been frequently harassed for her family relation to Mohammad Ali Mansouri.