Zeinab Peyghambarzadeh Found Guilty in Appeals Court

Monday 3 November 2008

Change for Equality: The 21st Branch of the appeals court has upheld the sentence issued in the case of Zeinab Peyghambarzadeh who was arrested in front of the Revolutionary Courts on March 4 2007 during a peaceful protest in support of women’s rights activists on trial, during which 32 other women’s rights activists were also arrested. The appeals sentence has issued a sentence of one year suspended sentence for the period of three years in the case of Zeinab. During these three years, Zeynab is required to report to the office of Intelligence Ministry every 4 months. If Zeinab is found guilty of another crime during these three years, her prison sentence of one year will be implemented. Mohammad Ali Dadkhah, the lawyer representing Peyghambarzadeh, has informed the site Change for Equality, that this sentence cannot be appealed further, unless the Head of the Judiciary steps in and uses his powers to overturn it.

Zeinab Peyghambarzadeh is the first member of the Campaign to be arrested while collecting signatures. She subsequently spent five days in Vozara Detention Center. She has yet to receive a sentence in this case. This sentence is related to her arrest in front of the Revolutionary Courts, where women’s rights activists had gathered to stage a peaceful protest objecting to increased pressures on women’s rights activists and the trial of 5 of their colleagues. Originally she was sentenced to 2 years suspended prison term for the period of 5 years. The appeals court ruling has reduced the original sentence, but imposes a requirement for her to report to the intelligence the ministry every 4 months. This level of supervision and control of social activists is unprecedented and women’s rights activists continue to object to these mechanisms for control. Prior to this, Amir Yaghoubali had been issued a similar sentence where he has to report to intelligence ministry every 4 months.

To date, nearly 50 persons involved in the Campaign have been arrested and face court charges.


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