Baghi banned from leaving Iran for Europe, US
Wednesday, October 06, 2004
LONDON, Oct 6 (IranMania) - Iranian dissident intellectual Emaddedin Baghi has been banned from travelling to Europe and the United States, where he was to take part in several conferences on human rights, press reports said Tuesday.
According to Agence France Press (AFP), Emaddedin Baghi, who heads the Committee for the Defence of Prisoner's Rights, had been slated to meet European Union officials working on human rights and attend meetings on the subject in the Netherlands, the United States and Canada.
"I had my passport and at passport control at the airport, my name did not figure on a list of people forbidden from leaving Iran and I was given an exit stamp. But before boarding the plane, an agent turned up and told me to accompany him," Baghi told the Iran newspaper.
"They presented me with a letter from a special clerical tribunal demanding I be prevented from leaving Iran," he added, complaining that "according to the law only people who have been ordered by a tribunal not to leave the country are barred from leaving the country, which is not my case."
In 2000, Baghi was jailed for three years for his writings in several pro-reform newspapers. He was released in February 2003, when he resumed his journalistic activities.
In December 2003, a Tehran Revolutionary Tribunal handed Baghi a one-year suspended prison sentence for "propagating against the regime" and having links with opposition groups.