Campaign Members Aida Saadat and Jelve Javaheri Acquitted

Saturday 21 November 2009

Change for Equality: Women’s rights activists Aida Saadat and Jelve Javaheri were acquitted on charges of disrupting public order and refusal to obey the orders of police. These two activists were arrested with seven other women’s rights activists on June 12, 2008, outside the silk road gallery, as they planned to attend a seminar on women’s rights in commemoration of the national day of solidarity of Iranian women. The seminar was cancelled on order of security officials and 9 women’s rights activists were detained in Vozara Detention Center for several hours.

Other activists arrested on that day include: Nahid Mirhaj, Nafiseh Azad, Farideh Ghaeb, Sarah Loghmani, Nasrin Sotoodeh, and Jila Baniyaghoub. They were all later charged with disruption of public order and refusal to obey the orders of police.

Besides Aida and Jelve, Nahid Mirhaj, Nafiseh Azad and Farideh Ghaeb were acquitted on these charges. Sarah Loghmani was fined 50,000 Tomans (roughly $50) in relation to the charge of disruption of public order, but acquitted on the other charge, while Jelve was faced with additional security charges in relation to this same case and received a six month mandatory prison sentence. She has appealed this ruling and is awaiting an appeal’s hearing. Nasrin Sotoodeh and Jila Baniyaghoub are still awaiting their court hearing.


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