Tehran: Iranian Nobel winner Shirin Ebadi
said on Tuesday intelligence agents have arrested her sister as the
regime stepped up its crackdown on dissent, a statement
carried on an opposition website said.
"My sister Dr Nooshin Ebadi was arrested at 9 pm (1630
GMT) on December 28 by four intelligence agents at her home
and sent to prison," Ebadi said in a statement carried by the
"I am not aware of the place of her detention or the
reason for her arrest," she said, describing her sister as a
professor of medicine.
Three journalists and a women`s rights campaigner have
also been arrested, reports said.
Prominent reformist journalist Mashallah Shamsolvaezin
was arrested at his home on Tuesday morning, Rahesabz said.
"Six young men in plainclothes entered his house with a
blank warrant, he resisted and asked for one with a name," the
"But an hour later, four older men showed up and
threatened to take him forcibly if he did not go with them."
Journalist Morteza Kazemian, who wrote for reformist
Etemad newspaper and some opposition websites, and women`s
rights activist Mansoureh Shojai were arrested around midnight
(1930 GMT) yesterday, Rahesabz said.