Wednesday, August 22, 2007
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Iran's regime adds bribery and extortion to its bag of tricks
Yesterday the Iranian regime released Haleh Esfandiari, an Iranian-American academic (one of four U.S. academics the regime has arrested and imprisoned in the past year). She did not get away scot-free, however. In the New York Times, Nazila Fathi and Neil MacFarquhar explain Tehran's latest innovation:
Ms. Esfandiari’s mother had to post bail worth around $324,000, according to Iranian news reports. Ms. Esfandiari’s husband, Shaul Bakhash, said her mother had put up her apartment as collateral. She lives on the pension of her late husband, a retired civil servant, Mr. Bakhash said, and her apartment is all she owns. The Web site Baztab, run by the former head of the Iranian Revolutionary Guard, called the sum the average price of an apartment in Tehran.
posted by Dan on 08.22.07 at 08:09 AM
This is not totally new:
In the interests of debate:
I would imagine that Iran is aware of the very large amount of support and attention Ms. Esfandiari’s plight will have received in the US, including the US Government, CIA etc. If I was an Iranian bail officer, I think i'd set bail at a very high amount, knowing full well that for example George Soros might be more than happy to pay bail in such a case, and the smaller the amount, the more so.
Nauseating to be playing devils advocate for Iran right now especially when these things are going on, but is it that irrational a strategy to have a low threshold for assuming that 'pro-democracy intelligentsia' of your country will be extremely well-funded by others, including those not prepared to play as fair as the moral high ground of these articles might suggest?
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