NEWS ALERT: GLA Updates the UN's Working Group on arbitrary detention, U.S. State department and the German Foreign Ministry on Mr. Jamshid Sharmahd, A california resident held hostage in iran
Today, the Global Liberty Alliance submitted an update to the United Nations Working Group in Arbitrary Detention (“WGAD”) regarding the case of Jamshid Sharmahd, a German national and U.S. legal resident who has been held hostage in Iran for nearly one year. The documents were also sent to the U.S. Department of State and the German Foreign Ministry via Germany's Ambassador to Washington, D.C., Emily Haber.
GLA applied for relief with the UN working group on behalf of Mr. Sharmahd in February 2021. A resident of Los Angeles, California, Mr. Sharmahd may have been kidnapped a hotel in Dubai, transported across the border into Oman, and unlawfully detained by the Iranian regime sometime between July 28 and August 1, 2020.
On August 1, 2020, Mr. Sharmahd appeared blindfolded in a video released by the Islamic Republic of Iran, where he was forced to confess for “crimes against the regime.” Mr. Sharmahd did not commit these crimes he was falsely accused. Mr. Sharmahd was then held in solitary confinement in an undisclosed location for 10 months and he remains a hostage in Iran.
Since his kidnapping and unlawful detention, Mr. Sharmahd has been denied access to the lawyer his family hired, and his lawyer has been denied access to his case files. Lawyers that are supposed to be paid by the state have also attempted to demand exorbitant legal fees to do work that he is supposed to do as a defense counsel. And as is routine in many of these cases, Mr. Sharmahd has also been denied consular visits, to which he is entitled through his German citizenship.
Mr. Sharmahd’s family is deeply concerned for his safety and health, which has deteriorated over the last year. Details were provided to the WGAD and other stakeholders in this matter. In the family statement provided to the UN, Mr. Sharmahd's wife Merhnoush, daughter Gazelle, and son Shayan who reside in California stressed:
every day since he has been stolen from us feels like torture. I do not want it to end in a way where there is an outcry from the international community for another life has been unjustly taken. I am urging you to take whatever action is in our power right now, before it is too late.
You can read more about Jamshid Sharmahd’s case on his family website, and under GLA’s featured casework.