Human Rights Activist Shiva Nazar-Ahari Sentenced to 4 Years in Prison, Exile and 74 Lashes

Sunday 9 January 2011

RAHANA: The 36th branch of the Tehran Court of Appeals acquitted Nazar-Ahari from the charge of assembly and conspiracy against the regime and reduced the prison term to 4 years and changed her exile location from the city of Izeh to a prison in Karaj.

She had been sentenced to 6 years in prison, 74 lashes and exile to Izeh Prison by the 26th branch of the Revolutionary Court. The case was appealed by her lawyers.

Shiva was arrested and sent to Evin on 13 June 2009, one day after the disputed presidential election. She was released after three months on $200,000 bail, but was later arrested again on 20 December 2009 in Tehran on her way to attend Ayatollah Montazeri’s funeral in Qom. After 9 months, she was released on a $500,000 bail on September 12th.

Since the elections, she has been in prison for over a year and has spent 3 months of her detention in solitary confinement.

During her detention, the pro-government media had published false reports on her. In this year’s Media Fair, her pictures were presented as a collaborator with anti-regime groups. On the anniversary of the Embassy Takeover, pictures of Shiva and her family were placed on the walls of the former American Embassy.

She has been deprived of continuing her education and was indicted on the charge of Moharebeh (waging war against God) after her arrest. She has denied any relations with anti-regime political groups. Zia Nabavi and Majid Dorri had also been charged with similar crimes and received heavy prison terms and exile sentences.


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