Farideh Moradkhani: Why Is the Niece of Iran’s Supreme Leader Arrested?

Published January 17th, 2022 - 07:31 GMT
Farideh Moradkhani
Farideh Moradkhani is Ali Khamenei's sister's daughter. (Twitter)

Local Iranian sources have reported that Farideh Moradkhani, Ali Khamenei's sister's daughter has been arrested by Iran's security forces last Friday from her house.

According to the Human Rights Activists News Agency of Iran (HRANA), 35-year old Farideh Moradkhani had security forces arriving at her house, taking her personal belongings away, before arresting her and driving her to the notorious Evin political prison near Tehran.

While no charges have been pressed against Farideh Moradkhani so far, Moradkhani has been located in Ward 209, according to the Telegraph.

In Iran, Farideh Moradkhani is known for her activism against the death penalty and for civil freedoms in the country where her uncle is the Supreme Leader Ali Khamenei, the de facto ruler of the ultra-conservative country.

Farideh Moradkhani introduces herself as Electrical Engineer - Human Rights Activist on Instagram, which she mostly devotes to posting about political detainees in the country. 

Sources in the Iranian opposition in exile told the Telegraph that Farideh Moradkhani's arrest might be based on a statement she made last October during an online event, in which she praised the former royalty of Iran, the one ousted by the same regime headed by her uncle Ali Khamenei, calling Queen Farah Diba, the widow of the last Shah who was celebrating her birthday then as the “mother of the nation”.

Farideh Moradkhani is the daughter of religious Shia cleric, Ali Tehrani, who had taken his family to exile in Iraq in 1985, protesting mass executions in Iran in the wake of the 1980s Iran-Iraq war. He returned to Iran in 1995 where he served a jail sentence for 20 years for "collaborating with Baghdad during the 1980-88 war."

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