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Suing Repression's Service Provider
Author: Kaveh Shahrooz, Frontline Tehran Bureau, Published on: 28 August 2010
[Ali] Herischi and [Edward] Moawad are the two lawyers behind an unusual and potentially devastating lawsuit against Nokia Siemens…[T]he suit has been brought by Mehdi Saharkhiz on behalf of his father, Isa…The elder Saharkhiz, an outspoken reformist journalist in Iran, was arrested shortly after the start of the post-election uprising in the summer of 2009. Since that time, authorities in Iran have reportedly subjected [him]…to repeated torture. He has been charged with spreading propaganda against the state and offending the government's senior officials…Saharkhiz denies the charges. The new lawsuit alleges that Nokia Siemens knowingly provided the Iranian government with the surveillance technology which it employed to track and arrest dissidents like Saharkhiz…Nokia has hit back, claiming that the service they sold was "lawful interception technology."