Marzieh Hashemi, an American journalist who has been in federal custody for 10 days, has just been released.
Hashemi, a prominent news anchor for Iran’s Press TV, was being held in a prison facility in Washington DC as a “material witness.”
Her incarceration and treatment have elicited objections from both within the U.S. and abroad.
The legality of incarcerating a witness who has not been accused of any criminal activity has been questioned by some law experts who say its violates the Fourth Amendment.
Her family just issued the following statement:
“Marzieh Hashemi has been released from her detention without charge and is
with her family in Washington DC.
“Marzieh and her family will not allow this to be swept under the carpet. They still have serious grievances and want answers as to how this was allowed to happen.
“They want assurances that this won’t happen to any Muslim – or any other
person – ever again.
“Just as America is aware of the harassment of the Black community by the police, America needs to start talking about the harassment of the Muslim community by the FBI.
“Marzieh Hashemi will be remaining in Washington DC for the protest on Friday and calls for all cities across the world to keep their protest.
This was never just about Marzieh Hashemi. This is about the fact that anyone of us, Muslim or non Muslim can be imprisoned without charge in the United States.
“Marzieh will be making comment in due course.”
CNN has now also reported on this: Iranian Journalist Marzieh Hashemi has been released from US custody