Toronto woman pleads for husband’s release from Iranian jail

For two years, Antonella Mega has quietly fought for her husband’s release from an Iranian prison, putting her faith in the Canadian government and Tehran’s courts.

But with a possible death sentence hanging over Iranian-born Canadian Hamid Ghassemi-Shall, Mega has decided to go public for the first time in the hopes of drawing attention to his case.

A case, she says, with unclear allegations about spying, and little chance of appeal.

“There comes a point where you don’t know what else to do,” Mega said over coffee in a Toronto cafe this week, alternating between tears and laughter as she recounted the last two years.

Mega last saw her husband, 42, as he left their Beaches home in May 2008 for a month-long visit to his ailing mother in Tehran. It wasn’t the first time he had visited his birthplace since immigrating to Canada in 1995 and becoming a Canadian citizen.

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