Iran’s Nobel Peace Prize winner, Shirin Ebadi has agreed to help defend an American journalist who was jailed for spying, but prison officials refused to allow the human rights lawyer see Roxana Saberi. She could not see her client even though a court of law said she had the right to discuss the case with her client. Ms. Saberi’s father said he heard she was on a hunger strike and would not cease until being released. Saberi’s lawyer, Abdolsamad Khorramshahi, said, “Mrs. Ebadi received the court’s permission and went to Evin prison but branch 209 refused to allow her to meet Roxana.”
It is difficult to ascertain the reality of what is happening in Iran. Are hard core fundamentalists attempting to sabotage any hope of establishing peaceful relations with the United States? Is Ahmadinejad trying to use Saberi as a pawn in negotiations with the United States? Who knows which thoughts linger in the minds of leaders who have been cut off from the world for years?