Washington: U.S police has arrested Marzieh Hashemi, an American-born journalist and anchor working for Iran’s English-language Press TV television news network, for unspecified reasons.
Hashemi who had been traveling within the United States to visit her ill brother and other relatives, was detained at St. Louis Lambert International Airport on Sunday, and later transferred by the FBI to the detention facility in Washington DC although there are no formal charges against her
Relatives had been unable to contact her for over 48 hours, and only recently learnt about her detention.
Even though there are no charges against her, Hashemi informed family members of mistreatment at the detention center. She said her hijab had been removed against her will, and that she was being treated as a criminal.
Prison officials have also denied her access to halal or vegetarian dietary options and she has been living on only bread and crackers for several days now.