Parnaz Azima's dilemma

Return to Iran and face possible prison or lose home?

RFE/RL desk editor Jeff Donovan asks Radio Farda correspondent Parnaz Azima about her one-year prison sentence handed down on March 1, 2008, by an Iranian court that convicted her of "spreading anti-state propaganda." Azima, a citizen of both Iran and the United States, returned to Radio Farda in Prague in September 2007 after spending eight months captive in Iran. She was appealing the March 1 verdict, but could face a stark choice -- return to Iran to serve the sentence or forfeit the deed to her 95-year-old mother's Tehran home, which was turned over to authorities in lieu of 510 million toomans ($550,000) in bail. Radio Farda is a joint operation of Radio Free Europe/Radio Liberty and Voice of America, broadcasting in Persian to Iran from Washington and from RFE/RL broadcast headquarters in the Czech Republic.



She should organise a fundraiser

by ramintork on

I'm convinced that if we could have helped Zahra Kazemi knowing her fate we would have done something.

Organising a fund raising campaign, and also help from International organizations that support Journalists should help her.

I think her life is more precious than the money for the house, and I don't think it is just a question of the one-year sentence.

She works for Radio Farda, with access to such a medium fund raising should help.


question is why you guy's go in Iran?

by hajiagha on


Are you stupid? They are asking me I had letter from Ahamadeinejad to back in Iran but I did not why mullahs are crazy no one should trust them.


Take the one year sentence

by the real Nader Vanaki (not verified) on

I would take the one year sentence rather than losing the house. It will be worth alot more money in a year at the rate the prices are increasing.

One year is a short term sentence and at the end she can write her memoirs, do TV interviews, and basically make more money off the ordeal.



by Danesh, Abol Hassan (not verified) on



The Threshold

by Prof. Dr. Danesh (not verified) on

I think it is appropriate for the Iranians who have been living in foreign countries (Farang) say in the United states of America for a quite a while, should decide to adopt the foreing country as their "ONLY" country they have after passing certain age threshold (e.g., 52-54 years of age with visible gray hairs). In my view it is not good at all for them with wrinkles and gray hair still keep living in "dualism" withut dignity all the way to the their burial...

There are times to say: Bye bye my old love... bye bye...

"That" time has come!



by Dada (not verified) on

Shame on you Seyed Ali Rahbar for making the life of honorable Iranians difficult. Let this lady live her life. Your prison is not her place.