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Iran Uses AIDS Doctors' Imprisonment as First Test of Obama Administration
Date:1/20/2009

ned that the doctors may have been subjected to coercion during their intensive, six-month interrogation."

Their attorney plans to file an appeal: he has 20 days to do so. The brothers had been charged with communicating with an enemy government -- charges which PHR has labeled illegitimate and politically motivated -- as well as with secret charges which have not yet been made public.

Over the past two weeks, more than 2,000 people around the world contacted the Iranian Mission to the United Nations demanding the Alaeis' release. In addition, more than 3,100 health professionals from 85 countries have signed an online petition demanding their release, which can be viewed at IranFreeTheDocs.org. Leading physicians and public health specialists and numerous medical and scientific organizations have publicly called for the brothers' release. These include HIV/AIDS and health experts luminaries such as Global Fund Executive Director Professor Michel Kazatchkine; Partners in Health co-founder Dr. Paul Farmer; 2008 MacArthur Foundation Genius Grant recipient Wafaa El-Sadr, MD, MPH; Hossam E. Fadel, MD, of the Islamic Medical Association of North America; 1993 Nobel Laureate in Medicine Sir Richard Roberts PhD, FRS; and Ugandan AIDS pioneer Dr. Peter Mugyenyi.

"PHR and the thousands of medical and public health practitioners from across the globe who support Kamiar and Arash are devastated, dismayed and disgusted by these sentences," said Kalloch. "Persecuting these doctors for thei
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