On 10 October 2010, detained Iranian dissident journalist Issa Saharkhiz and his son Mehdi filed suit against Finnish telecommunication company Nokia Siemens for damages they suffered as a result of Saharkhiz’s June 2009 arrest in Iran. Saharkhiz’s complaint, filed in federal court in Virginia, argues that he was arrested and detained after Iranian authorities tracked him on his Nokia cell phone using technology a Nokia subsidiary sold the state-owned Telecommunications Company of Iran. Saharkhiz has been in prison for the past 14 months and alleges authorities tortured him, breaking his ribs and wrists.
“My dad was almost most paralyzed because Nokia thought about money before thinking about the consequences of selling monitoring equipment to a country where human rights are given no priority and are routinely abused,” Mehdi Saharkhiz told the International Campaign on Human Rights in Iran.
Nokia has moved to have the case dismissed by arguing that corporations cannot be held liable for violations of international human rights law and cannot be legally responsible for selling equipment used by foreign governments to commit human rights violations.>>>
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