Iranian woman moved to Minnesota jail
The mother of Shahrzad Mir-Qolikhan, an innocent Iranian woman imprisoned in the United States for three years, says her daughter has been transferred to the Waseca prison in the state of Minnesota, Press TV reported with reference to Fars news agency.
"Shahrzad has been transferred from a prison in the state of Oklahoma to Waseca prison in the state of Minnesota," Belqeys Roshan told on Monday.
She added that her daughter suffered difficult conditions in her last jail, saying Shahrzad has expressed her joy for as little as having a bar of soap in the toilet in the new jail.
Roshan noted that she herself had suffered a nervous breakdown and a heart deficiency after she did not receive any news about Shahrzad for 25 days.
The mother of the Iranian inmate said she had applied for a US visa through the United States embassy in Oman to visit her daughter but she has received no reply yet and emphasized that Iran's Foreign Ministry is pursuing the case.
On April 20, Shahrzad's father said his daughter had been transferred to a prison in the state of Oklahoma.
He added that the US government removed Shahrzad from her previous prison and held her in transit after people and media voiced their support for her.
Shahrzad Mir-Qolikhan was arrested in the US in December 2007, after being forced to return to the States from a vacation in Cyprus. She has been permitted brief phone calls to her family in Iran during her three-year imprisonment.
Her former husband, Mahmoud Seif, had allegedly tried to export night-vision goggles to Iran from Austria.
However, she was detained and sentenced to five years in prison by a Florida federal court in the absence of her husband.
Shahrzad said that she had suffered brutal torture in US prisons.
Tehran has repeatedly slammed the case as an example of human rights violation in the United States, demanding the release of the 33-year-old Iranian national.
On January 3, Iran's Foreign Ministry summoned the Swiss envoy over the US inhumane treatment of Mir-Qolikhan, demanding an explanation from US officials regarding reports about her situation.