TEHRAN (Press Shia) – Rallies were held around the world to protest against the US legal system, in the wake of the Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI)'s imprisonment of Iranian anchor Marzieh Hashemi.
Demonstrators gathered in Washington, DC, on Friday to condemn the FBI's illegal detention of the Press TV journalist.
In an address during the demonstration, Hashemi recounted her ordeal during her time in jail and mistreatment by the American justice system.
"It can be called whatever they want to call it, but I was kidnapped from the St. Louis airport. Fortunately my son Reza was with me otherwise who knows what could have happened. You can be made to disappear very easily," Hashemi told the crowd attending the rally.
The arrest had a lot to do "with where I live and related to the work I do," she added.
Similar rallies were also held in the UK and Australia, where they slammed US authorities for forcibly removing Hashemi's hijab in custody.
Nigerians and Pakistanis also held rallies to voice solidarity with the Press TV journalist.
Hashemi, a 59-year-old Muslim convert who has lived in Iran for years, was detained at St. Louis Lambert International Airport in Missouri on January 13 while in the US to visit her ailing brother and other family members.
According to Press TV, Hashemi was taken to court after spending a night in the facility’s “unbelievable conditions,” where she was incarcerated in solitary confinement next to other people from different nationalities that the FBI had detained for unknown reasons. She was initially forced to remove her hijab and only offered non-halal food.
The US government said Hashemi had been arrested as a “material witness” in an unspecified criminal proceeding and that she faced no charges herself.
Hashemi was ultimately released without charge on January 23 after spending 10 days in prison and undergoing three grand jury hearings.