Tortured Prominent Iranian Journalist Sues Nokia Siemens Networks for Human Rights Abuses

Tortured Prominent Iranian Journalist Sues Nokia Siemens Networks for Human
Rights Abuses
Chevy Chase, Maryland – August 16, 2010 – Isa Saharkhiz and his son, Mehdi Saharkhiz
filled a lawsuit in U.S. Federal Court in Alexandria, Virginia against Nokia Siemens
Networks and its parent companies Siemens AG and Nokia Inc. alleging human rights
violations committed by the Iranian government through the aid of spying centers which
were provided by Nokia Siemens Networks.
Isa Saharkhiz, a prominent Iranian journalist and political activist has been arrested as a
result of the surveillance and monitoring of his cell phone communications in the
aftermath of disputed 2009 presidential election in Iran. Since his arrest, Iranian officials
have tortured Mr. Saharkhiz and subjected him to other inhumane and degrading
treatment or punishment. Currently, his health is deteriorating, suffering from untreated
injuries caused by torture, resulting from Iranian authorities withholding necessary
medical care.
The lawsuit seeks, among other things, Nokia Siemens Networks to cease all unlawful
support of intercepting centers of the Iranian government. It also asks Nokia Siemens
Networks to help secure the release of Mr. Isa Saharkhiz through the use of their
connections with the Iranian Government. Lastly, the suit seeks relief that would prevent
Defendants from harming others in the future in other similarly situated countries like
Iran.
Through their attorneys, Edward Moawad and Ali Herischi of the law firm of Moawad &
Herischi, LLP, the plaintiffs in this lawsuit call upon the United States’ judicial system to
hold accountable businesses practices such as the ones committed by Nokia Siemens
Networks in Iran.
Moawad & Herischi LLP
5425 Wisconsin Avenue, Suite 600
Chevy Chase, MD 20815
Tel: +1 301.968.2380
Fax: +1 301.263.7169

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