Candlelight vigil for Esha (11/12/08)
“Power is of two kinds. One is obtained by the fear of punishment and the other by acts of love. Power based on love is a thousand times more effective and permanent than the one derived from fear of punishment.”* Mohandas Gandhi
The candlelight vigil at CSUN went off as planned. There was plenty of music, poetry and heartfelt words of love and support for Esha Momeni, who was released on bail from an Iranian prison. There is some hope that Esha may be allowed to return to the United States fairly soon, but we will not relax in our efforts to keep her case in the spotlight until we see her beautiful smile once again . . . .Here are some excerpts from a report published by the L.A. Times on November 11th:
Reporting from Tehran and Beirut — A Cal State Northridge graduate student who was arrested in Iran last month was released on $200,000 bail Monday, her father said.
Esha Momeni, 28, a dual U.S. and Iranian citizen who was visiting Iran to research a master’s thesis, may not leave the country and must still stand before a political tribunal to face charges of “acting against national security” and “propagating against the system,” said Reza Momeni, her father. Both are serious charges that can carry lengthy prison sentences.
In a brief telephone interview, Momeni said his daughter had lost about 15 pounds but otherwise appeared to be in good health. He said he had to put up the deed to his family’s Tehran apartment as collateral to win his Los Angeles-born daughter’s release.