Nobel Laureate's Sister Detained

A woman and three men arrived at Nobel laureate Shirin Ebadi's Tehran home Monday, and after searching the house seized her sister, Nushin Ebadi, and her computer. Shirin, an Iranian lawyer and human-rights activist honored with the Nobel Peace Prize in 2003, said the Iranian intelligence officials "detained her so I stop my work," even though Nushin is "not involved in human-rights work, and she's never participated in any of the protests," she told CNN. Nushin and her husband are merely professors of dentistry at Azad University in Tehran, and own a private dental practice. The detainment occurred in the middle of a deadly crackdown on anti-government protests that has left several dead, and although Iranian officials contacted Nushin telling her to leave her apartment and not contact her sister, neither her nor Shirin adhered to the requests.