Ebadi says Iran court suspends bank cash, pension

November 28, 2009

* Ebadi says Iran court suspends account with Nobel money

* Court blocks access to Nobel medal, Legion d’Honneur

LONDON, Nov 28 (Reuters) – An Iranian court has suspended the bank accounts and pension payments of Nobel peace laureate Shirin Ebadi and her husband and blocked her access to a bank box containing her Nobel medal, Ebadi said on Saturday.

The suspended funds include the Nobel Prize money left after the purchase of an office for the Defenders of Human Rights Centre, which she heads, Ebadi told Reuters by telephone.

The authorities closed the office in December 2008.

Ebadi, who won the Nobel Peace Prize in 2003 for her human rights campaigning, is visiting London but said she would return to Iran soon.

She left the country just before the disputed June 12 presidential election. President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad was re-elected by a wide margin, but his reformist opponents cried foul and took to the streets in the biggest anti-government demonstrations in the 30-year history of the Islamic Republic.

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