Iranian human rights activist sentenced to 8 years in prison and 70 lashes

Human rights activist Nargis Mohammadi

Human rights activist Nargis Mohammadi

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An Iranian court has sentenced the country’s most prominent human rights activist, Narges Mohammadi, to eight years in prison and more than 70 lashes. Narges Mohammadi’s husband recently said that an Iranian court had given a new sentence to his wife Nargis Mohammadi. Taghi Rahmani, husband of Narges Mohammadi, who lives in France, wrote on Twitter that the sentence was handed down after a five-minute hearing. “For some reason, the details of this case and the new decision are not clear to us,” he said. Taghi Rahmani told BBC Farsi that since Narges Mohammadi was not allowed to make phone calls, he could not confirm the sentence, but he heard that the sentence Other detainees are being notified by telephone. According to Taghi Rahmani, if the news is true, the sentence is in addition to the 30 months imprisonment and 80 lashes that were handed down to Narges Mohammadi in June last year. Narges Mohammadi was arrested by security forces on November 16 during a memorial service for Ibrahim Kutbdar, one of the victims of the November protests two years ago. For about two months, he was held in solitary confinement at the Ministry’s Intelligence Detention Center, Ward 209, Avon Jail, from where he had no contact with his family.

Earlier, Nargis Mohammadi was quoted as saying that a new charge of spying for Saudi Arabia had been added to her case. Nargis Mohammadi, a spokeswoman for the Center for Human Rights Defenders, founded by Nobel Peace Prize laureate Shirin Ebadi, has been arrested several times in recent years. He was sentenced in 2015 to 10 years in prison for setting up and running an illegal group. Nargis Mohammadi was later released in October 2020 after five years in prison. In March 2021, he was again sentenced to 30 months in prison and 80 lashes for propaganda against the Iranian political system, defamation and taking a stand against the penal authorities. He was accused of publishing a statement against the death penalty and staging a sit-in protest during detention at Tehran’s Avon Jail. Nargis Mohammadi has been one of the most active activists against the death penalty in Iran and has repeatedly gone on hunger strike against the abuse of political prisoners. Nargis Mohammadi is a graduate of Solid State Physics but has been working in the field of human rights for the past few years. He won the Andrei Sakharov Prize in 2018.


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