Iranian athlete Elnaz Rekabi, who had challenged the Iranian regime by competing without the hijab, has disappeared. And according to some Iranian sources she was taken to Evin prison. Where the Italian Alessia Piperno is also held. The news was given by the Persian BBC, citing sources close to the athlete. Nobody has been able to contact her since last night.
According to the same sources, Elnaz Rekabi’s passport and mobile phone were stolen and her family has not heard from her since. The BBC contacted the Garden Seoul Hotel, where the Iranian team was staying: the team would have left the hotel yesterday morning for Iran, even if it was only expected to return to the country tomorrow.
According to IranWire, a site created by dissident journalists, the Islamic Revolutionary Guards arrested Davud Rekabi, Elnaz’s brother, for use as a hostage. Elnaz allegedly handed over his passport and her phone with a promise that her safety was not in danger, but she would be quickly transferred from the hotel to the city’s Iranian embassy, where she is currently being held awaiting pickup. a flight to Tehran. With her arrest, the Italian authorities reasoned, there will be no demonstrations when the team returns from Seoul.