Support for LAist comes from
We Explain L.A.
Stay Connected

Share This

This is an archival story that predates current editorial management.

This archival content was written, edited, and published prior to LAist's acquisition by its current owner, Southern California Public Radio ("SCPR"). Content, such as language choice and subject matter, in archival articles therefore may not align with SCPR's current editorial standards. To learn more about those standards and why we make this distinction, please click here.

News

CSUN Grad Student Imprisoned in Iran Returns to U.S.

sn14-esha-jp-01b2.jpg
Photo by Jonathan Pobre / Daily Sundial
Stories like these are only possible with your help!
You have the power to keep local news strong for the coming months. Your financial support today keeps our reporters ready to meet the needs of our city. Thank you for investing in your community.

CSUN Mass Communications grad student Esha Momeni, who was arrested in Iran last October while working on a documentary on the Middle Eastern country's women's rights movement, finally returned home Tuesday after a 10-month travel ban.“I didn’t believe I was leaving until I got into the plane, they closed the plane’s door and started going,” the 29-year-old told CSUN's Daily Sundial.

Momeni had been filming interviews with volunteers of the One Million Signatures Campaign for her thesis project. After being pulled over by undercover police for allegedly passing another car illegally on a highway in Tehran October 15, the student was subsequently held in Evin prison for 28 days until being released.

Though officials initially said she was free to leave Iran, friends and family said Momeni's passports had been seized by authorities. A government spokesperson then said the student would be charged with "acting against national security."