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NY-Based Iranian Activist Sues Khamenei And Others At US Federal Court

Masih Alinejad is an anti-compulsory-hijab activist based in New York, suing Iran's Supreme Leader for arresting her brother. File photo

An NY-based Iranian anti-compulsory-hijab activist, Masih Alinejad has filed a lawsuit against the Islamic Republic Judiciary and its Supreme Leader Ali Khamenei, as well as the Islamic Revolution Guards Corps (IRGC).

Alinejad, who lives in exile in New York, has sued them in a U.S. Federal Court for threatening her mother and arresting her brother in September.

Speaking to Radio Farda on Wednesday December 4, Ms. Alinejad insisted that her brother's only "crime" is his family tie with her.

Intelligence agents stormed into Ali Alinejad's house on Tuesday September 24, ransacked the place, confiscated his laptop and cellphone, handcuffed and blindfolded him before taking him away.

Since then, Ali Alinejad has been behind bars in Block 2 of Tehran's notorious prison Evin, run by the IRGC's fearsome intelligence organization.

"My brother has been denied the basic right of choosing his own defense attorney counsel and forced to accept an attorney from a list of lawyers approved by the Islamic Republic Judiciary," Masih Alinejad told Radio Farda.

Meanwhile, Alinejad said since there is no viable legal recourse in Iran, she decided to file a lawsuit against all those responsible for her brother's arrest.

Alinejad's legal representative, Bethesda (M.D.)-based Herischi & Associates, says that the Islamic Republic action against the exiled-journalist amounts to hostage-taking, and torturing innocent people related to a U.S. citizen.

As recently as last Monday, Alinejad appeared on a prime-time popular Fox News T.V. show, "The Story with Martha MacCallum," to comment on the deadliest protests in the four-decade history of the Islamic Republic. She criticized the government’s harsh reaction against the protesters and an internet blackout to suppress news about the anti-government unrest.

A former reporter in Iran, 43-year-old Alinejad is the founder of the anti-compulsory-hijab "My Stealthy Freedom," and "White Wednesdays" online campaigns.