TEHRAN, Iran Iran on Monday charged detained Iranian-American
academic Haleh Esfandiari with allegedly seeking to topple the ruling
Islamic establishment, state-run television reported.
Below is a timeline of events leading to today:
December 21, 2006, Haleh Esfandiari, director of the Middle East
Program at the Woodrow Wilson International Center for Scholars, and a
dual Iranian-American national, traveled from Washington D.C. to
Tehran, Iran to visit her 93-year old mother for one week.
On December 30, 2006, on her way to the airport to catch a flight
back to Washington, the taxi in which Dr. Esfandiari was riding was
stopped by three masked, knife-wielding men. They threatened to kill
her, and they took away all of her belongings, including her Iranian
and American passports.
On January 3, when applying for replacement Iranian travel documents
at the passport office, Dr. Esfandiari was invited to an "interview"
by a man from Iran's Ministry of Intelligence.
Beginning on January 4, she was subjected to a series of
interrogations that stretched out over the next six weeks, sometimes
continuing for as many as four days a week, and sometimes stretching
across seven and eight hours in a single day. Dr. Esfandiari went home