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Tue Jan 25, 2022, 01:59 PM

Iranian Activist Gets 5-Minute Trial, Sentenced to Prison and 70 Lashes, Husband Says

After a trial that lasted just five minutes, Iranian authorities sentenced human rights activist Narges Mohammadi to more than eight years in prison and 70 lashes, according to her husband.

Mohammadi was arrested in November after she went to a memorial for a victim of one of the nationwide protests in 2019, the Associated Press reported. Taghi Rahmani, Mohammadi's husband who lives in Paris, tweeted on Sunday that she received the sentence under accusations of "spying for Saudi Arabia."

Rahmani also said Mohammadi had received a two-year ban on "communication," and she had not been in contact with him or their family to give further details on the trial and sentencing, according to a statement from the Center for Human Rights in Iran (CHRI).

This is not the first time Mohammadi has been jailed for her activism. The human rights center wrote she had spent 2009 to 2013 and 2015 to 2020 behind bars. The National reported that before her 2021 imprisonment, Mohammadi had been working with loved ones of those who allegedly were killed in the 2019 protests.


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