Journalist Nazanin Khosravani Sentenced to 6 Years in Prison

Monday 18 April 2011

The Green Voice of Freedom: Iranian journalist Nazanin Khosravani has been sentenced to six years in prison, Green Movement website Kaleme reported on Monday.

Khosravani’s lawyer Farideh Gheirat said, “my client’s sentence was issued by branch 26 of the revolutionary court on charges of assembly and colluding to act against national security and propagating against the regime for which a six-year jail-term was handed down to Ms Khosravani.”

Gheirat said that she was informed about the court’s decision on 16 April and has twenty days to appeal the decision.

Khosravani’s court was held on 8 February under presiding judge Pir-Abbasi who has been in charge of many post-election cases and has issued long prison sentences during unfair trials against many Green Movement activists. He has also issued several death sentences for protesters.

Last week, the European Union released the names of 32 Iranian officials sanctioned for their role in human rights abuses in the country. The 27-nation bloc imposed visa bans and asset freezes on the 32 individuals ranging from judiciary judges to military, intelligence and police officials, including Judge Pir-Abbasi.

Nazanin Khosravani, a political journalist for reformist newspapers, was arrested on 2 November 2010 at her father’s home and transferred to Evin Prison.

After 132 days of imprisonment and enduring months of solitary confinement, she was finally released on a heavy bail of around $575,000.


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