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Rezvan Moghaddam Receives Suspended Prison and Lashing Sentence

Wednesday 30 April 2008


Change for Equality: The Thirteenth Branch of the Revolutionary Courts has issued a suspended sentence of 6 months and 10 lashings in the case of Rezvan Moghaddam, women’s rights activist and member of the One Million Signatures Campaign, who was arrested along with 32 other women’s rights activist on March 4, 2007, during a protest in front of the Revolutionary Courts. Moghaddam was charged with and tried on security charges which included: illegal gathering and collusion intended to disrupt national security, disruption of public order and refusal to adhere to the orders of the police.

Rezvan Moghaddam was found guilty of illegal gathering and collusion intended to disrupt national security. She intends to appeal the sentence, which is suspended for the period of 3 years. If Rezvan Moghaddam is found guilty of another crime during the 3 year period, the sentence of 6 months imprisonment and 10 lashings will be implemented.

Rezvan Moghaddam is the fifth person to receive a sentence with respect to the March 4, 2007 protest in front of the Revolutionary Courts. Prior to this, Minou Mortazi and Nasrin Afzali, and Nahid Jafari, also women’s rights activists, had received similar suspended sentences of 6 months and 10 lashings, suspended for 2 years. Zeynab Payghambarzadeh, a women’s rights activist and member of the One Million Signatures Campaign, received a 2 year suspended sentence on the same charges. These five women have been found guilty and have received suspended sentences, while at least 12 of the 33 women charged in this same case, have been acquitted of charges. All these women’s rights defenders intend to appeal their sentences.

 

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