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2003 Nobel Winner Says Iran Took Her Medal

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Posted on Nov 27, 2009
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Shirin Ebadi, the winner of the 2003 Nobel Peace Prize, says that her medal and certificate were confiscated from a safe deposit box in Tehran.

Whether it was done out of jealousy of Barack Obama or not, Iran has stepped into the realm of the ridiculous in the wake of a report that the Nobel Peace Prize medal has been confiscated from the Iranian human rights attorney who won it in 2003.  —JCL

The BBC:

Iranian human rights lawyer Shirin Ebadi says the Nobel Peace Prize medal she won in 2003 has been confiscated.

The medal and accompanying diploma were taken from a bank box in Tehran about three weeks ago on the orders of Iran’s Revolutionary Court, she said.

Ms Ebadi, who has criticised Iran’s recent disputed election and the subsequent treatment of protesters, said her bank account was also frozen.

Iranian authorities have not made any official comment on the issue.

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By Roger, November 28, 2009 at 7:06 am Link to this comment
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Just so everyone understands, this person is anti-democracy.  She was trying to instigate a civil war in a country that she is in exile from.

Iran has seized her bank accounts and private property, which just happened to include a prize.  They didn’t set out just to take her prize, it was part of everything else.  Our country takes prizes from criminals as well, Some may remember them trying to take OJ Simpson’s Heisman trophy’s for example

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