Jelve Javaheri Sentenced to Six Months Mandatory Prison

Monday 12 October 2009

Jelve Javaheri a member of the One Million Signatures Campaign was sentenced to six months by Branch 30 of the Revolutionary Courts. Javeheri was arrested in front of the Silk Road Gallery on the 12th of June, 2008 along with eight others. The women were planning to attend a seminar marking the national day of solidarity of Iranian women. The event was canceled by security forces and those outside were arrested. While the nine women were released a few hours later, they all faced charges of disobeying police order with the intent of disrupting national security and summoned to court. According to her lawyer, Mina Jafari, Jelve appeared at Branch 30 of the Revolutionary Courts on the charge of refusing to obey the orders of the police with the intent of disrupting national security, but during the court session she was charged with membership in the Campaign. Jafari further explained that they intend to appeal the ruling of the court. Javaheri was first arrested in December 2007, and charged in relation to her activists in the site of the Campaign, Change for Equality, along with 3 others. She was released after thirty days on a check guarantee in the amount of 5 million tomans (roughly $5,000). She was later sentenced to a six month suspended prison term for the period of 4 years through an appeals ruling in this case. She was subsequently arrested on May 1, 2009 and was released on a third party guarantee after 36 days.


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