To: Mr. Michael Makinen
401 E. Houghton Ave.
Houghton, IL 49931
The respectful Michigan Court’s Prosecuting Attorney
As the preliminary investigations indicate, Sanaz Nezami was brutally murdered by her husband, Nima Nasiri on December 8, 2013. According to the US media, Sanaz Nezami, 27 years old, was an intelligent and active young woman, who was fluent in three languages: Farsi, English, and French. She had completed her studies and received a B.S. Degree in Engineering, and a Master’s Degree in French Translation. She applied for and was admitted to the PhD program in Environmental Studies at the Industrial University of Michigan.
Honorable Prosecuting Attorney,
Upon hearing this news, the public opinion in Iran and Iranian communities around the world were deeply affected. By the time the report was published, people asked ‘what is the penalty of murderers, like Nima Nasiri? Will the court issue an adequate verdict?’
People, as well as women’s rights activists are both outraged and closely following the current court proceedings, and expect this respectful court to implement justice.
According to Sara Nezami, her 31-year-old sister, Sanaz had not traveled to the US through ‘dependent visa’ and/or by marriage. She was an outstanding Iranian student and was admitted by two universities, a university in Ottawa, Canada, in PhD French Translation; and the Michigan University in Environmental Studies.
Honorable Prosecuting Attorney,
Every day, thousands of women around the world become victims of violence, especially domestic violence. The criminals fleeing from justice and ignoring the victims’ rights lead to the continuation of violence against women. Trauma inflicted on her head and body was severe to the extent that Sanaz was brain-dead, and her organs saved the lives of 7 individuals. Now Sanaz is resting in peace, but your pursuit of justice can prevent the occurrence of another murder by persons like Nima Nasiri.
Sanaz has nobody in the United States to defend her rights. However, we, a group of Iranian women’s rights activists request your Honorable prosecutor to hold a public hearing, inviting the media to draw public attention to the severity of domestic violence in today’s society. As Sanaz’s organs saved the lives of 7 individuals, her death will pave the road to stop violence against women.
We, women’s rights activists and the signatories of this letter demand the maximum penalty in accordance with the laws of the State of Michigan for the murderer of Sanaz Nezami.
Afrouzi, Mojgan Afrouzi, Siamak Aghaie, Amin Ahmadian, Afra Ahranoie, Delaram Akar, Bahman Akbarkhani, Behruz Alavi, Hossein Alavi, Mahin Alimoradi, Masih Alinejad, Ensiyeh Alvirian, Elahe Amani, Chnoor Hama Amin, Reza Amini, Nahid Amiri, Shahnaz Amraee, Fereydoun Anjomani, Hajar Arabi, Sajedeh Arabsorkhi, Parvin Ardalan, Sara Arianmehr, Azadeh Asadi, Parvin Ashrafi, Leila Aslan, Agrin Ator, Ayande Azad, Vahide Azadi, Somaye Babaei, Soodabeh Babasafari, Fariba Bagheri, Sozan Bahar, Saywan Raya Abbassi, Edris Abdi, Shahla Abghari, Siavash Abghari, Farah Abhari, Ayda Abrufarakh, Bayez Bahrami, Atiyeh Bakhtiar, Ameneh Bamedi, Nassrin Barawyi, Zeinab Bayazidi, Nima Bazollahi, Elnaz Behnam, Hamid Biazar, Zahra Boorghani, Said Borhani, Shwane Bukan, Faranak Chalaki, Azadeh Davachi, Toba Dawandari, Yahya Davandari, Fariba Davodi Mohajer, Masoome Dehghan, Pardis Derakhshande, Marze Dervishi, Sahar Dinarvand, Korosh Divandare, Farahnaz Dizaji, Mustafa Durap, Mojdeh Ebrahimi, Parwin Ebrahimzadeh, Alireza Eftekhari, Mahboubeh Eftekhari, Negar Ensan, Shahla Entesari, Mohsen Eslami, Dariush Faaraji, Shirin Fadavi, Nastaran Farnia, Shiva Fatholahie, Saideh Ezzat Baghani, Ronak Fadavi, Manely Fakhrian, Fakhri Falsafi, Shirin Famili, Setareh Farahani, Arash Farahmand, Sara Farahzadi, Farideh Farasat, Sima Farhoudi, Farah Farnia, Delsooz Fatahi, Parastoo Fatemi, Gulabax Fattahi, Mitra Fazeli, Nasrin Fazelpoor, Minu Forough, Nader Fouruzi, Hamid Garmestani, Syavash Ghaderi, Zohrieh Ghafoorian, Zainab Gharahviski, Nima Ghasemi, Mamshad Ghazi, Shahnaz Gholami, Elham Gholampour, Asmar Gohari, Mahdiyeh Golrou, Mina Gomarian, Khalil Gorji, Minu Gorji, Farangis Habibi, Neda Haghighi Saber, Roshanak Hariri, Ladan Hashemian, Fakhri Hashemi Tarii, Shahla Hassanzadeh, Mino Hemati, Negar Hemati, Touran Hemati, Touran Hemati, Sina Heshmati, Amin Heysi, Tahereh Hojjati, Danial Hormozi, Nahid Hosseini, Seyed Reza Hosseini, Mahboube Hosseinzadeh, Golrokh Jahangiri, Bijan Jalali, Fourogh Javaheri, Meze Javanmard, Behieh Jeilani, Parisa Jolodari, Ali Kalai, Tania Kaliji, Farnaz Kamali, Soma Kamyaran, Behnaz Karambakhshian, Bahman Karimi, Khatereh Karimi, Farivash Karimi-Booshehri, Fereshteh Karimi-Booshehri, Parsova Karimi Dehbokri, Azadeh Karimi-Starke, Ahmad Katebini, Shahla Katebini, Iraj Kermashan, Darya Khadir, Mina Khani, Delshad Khezri, Mojgan Khodadadian, Ismael Khoi Foundation, Soosan Khoobanfar, Nahieh Khoshkalam, Azadeh Khosroshahi, Elnaz Kian, Khabat Korayshi, Nazanin Koshyar, Mina Labady, Ahmad Machouf, Anousheh Machouf, Nima Machouf, Sima Mahzari, Parwin Malek, Manijeh Marashi, Fatemeh Masjedi, Shadi Mazharpour, Behjat Miri, Farzaneh Mirzavand, Aram Modaresy, Khadij Moghaddam, Rezvan Moghaddam, Tara Mohammad, Farahnaz Mohammadi, Karim Mohammadi, Fakhri Mohtashamipour, Faezeh Monzavi, Homa Moradi, Soheila Moradi, Hamid Mosavi Porasl, Haiar Mostafa, Ameneh Mousavi, Narges Mousavi, Hassan Mozaffari, Ibrahim Muhamadi, Fakhri Mussavi, Suma Nabavi, Sabri Najafi, Parvaneh Nami, Ala Nasiri, Asa Nasiri, Ava Nasiri, Simin Nasrollahi, Simin Nassiri, Nahid Nazemi, Laya Nekufar, Parichehr Nemai, Alireza Niakan, Pooria Noori, Azarm Norrozi, Nahid Nosrat, Partoo Nouriala, Shirindokht Nourmanesh, Ana Pak, Nasar Pakdaman ,Leyli Paksar, Leila Papouli, Aziz Parastan, Goli Parizadi, Shahla Payam, Roya Pazooki, Lotfollah Pedjman, Mahin Pegahi, Mahshid Pegahi, Manijeh Marashi, Mohsen Pegahi, Jamila Plusheh, Dara Poorarez, Mina Porkar, Saghar Qyasi, Nariman Rahimi, Saloumeh Rahimi, Najibeh Rahimzadehsani, Somayeh Rashidi, Karim Rasoli, Sima Rastin, Efat Rezaei, Fatemeh Rezaei, Mohsen Rezvani, Babak Roghani, Nayer Rostami, Saba Rostami, Taher Rostami, Mihan Rusta, Banoo Saberi, Fahimeh Sadeghi, Sofia Sadighpour, Saffaar Saed, Parwin Saeed, Faranak Saeedi, Leila Saian, Ensieh Salmani, Fay Samimi, Aserin Sanandaji, Monica Schanzer, Nasim Sedaghat, Leila Seifollahi,Shahrzad Sepanlou, Aghdas Shabani, Maryam Shafiee, Parvin Shahbazy, Shiva Shafahi, Zarin Shaghaghi, Soraya Shams, Mehdi Sharafi, Maryam Sharif, Amir Sharifi, Mansour Sharifi, Rojin Sharifi, Karo Sheikh, Shahabeddin Sheikhi, Farah Shilandari, Arman Shirazi, Homa Shirazi, Rasoul Shokati, Hamed Sisi Rad, Elahe Shokrai, Reza Siavushi, Bijan Sina, Mujan Sina, Sonja Negin Sina, Aisa Sna, Cyrus Sna, Sharif Snah, Rouha Sobhani, Azad Solaimani, Azar Soltani, Hamid Soltani, Nashmil Soltani, Saideh Sohrabi, Hiva Sorush, Robin Sunstroem, Abdollah Tabareh, Faranak Tabareh, Fati Tabatabaei, Shirin Tabibzadeh, Sara Tabrizi, Azar Taherabadi, Sussan Tahmasebi, Ferdos Tajdini, Azar Taherabadi, Azam Taleghani, Nayereh Tohidi, Hodad Tuloie, Reza Vahdat-Pajouh, Maryamsadat Yahyavi, Chia Zakaryai, Nesa Zare, Zilan Zarza, Maryam Ziya, Aylin Zooghalian, Somayeh Zoraie