A British-Iranian woman, Roya Saberi Negad Nobakht, has spent the last five months in Tehran's notorious Evin Prison for writing on Facebook that Iran's government was "too Islamic." Arrested during a visit to Iran to visit family members, she has been charged with "insulting Islamic sanctities." British authorities are indignant about this affront to the freedom of speech – but given the prevailing eagerness to avoid insulting Islamic sanctities in the U.S. as well as Britain, it is hard to see why.
Nobakht's husband, Daryoush Taghipoor is worried: "It's a very bad situation. We don't know what's going on. Roya is not well at all. She has lost three stone and is frightened. She is scared that the government will kill her."
According to the Independent:
"Mrs Nobakht's situation came to light after her husband approached his friend and former employer Nasser Homayoun-Fekri, who also lives in Stockport, who wrote a letter to his local MP Andrew Stunell."