HRANA News Agency – Arash Shoa Sharq, 24-year-old journalist, has been sentenced to lashes and imprisonment by Branch 107 of the Penal Court of the city of Rasht. Mr. Shoa Sharq, who has the responsibility of “Gilan Noo”, or “New Gilan”, was tried on the complaint made by “one of the deposed directors of the government”. This journalist had been previously sentenced to 40 lashes because of a complaint made by the MP of Rasht city, which was suspended by the Court of Appeals. If this new sentence will be confirmed, the former sentences, including 40 lashes, will be applicable, too.
According to the report of Human Rights Activists News Agency in Iran (HRANA), Arash Shoa Sharq has been sentenced to 75 lashes and 3 months suspended imprisonment, due to a complaint made by the former Director of Libraries of Gilan province and on charges of “spreading lies through” and “publication of photographs of the plaintiff in the website”, by the head of Branch 107 of the Criminal Court of Rasht city.
As a reminder, last year, Mustafa Barari and Arash Shoa Sharq, officials of two websites, “Gilan Novin” and “Gilan Noo” had been sentenced to 114 and 40 lashes by the Criminal Court of the city of Rasht, on the complaint made by the MP of this city, on charges of “publishing lies” and “publication without a license”. This sentence was suspended by the pressure of the “media and human rights organizations.”
An informed source, regarding this case, told HRANA’s reporter: “The plaintiff in this case is the former Director of Libraries of the Gilan province, who is the nephew of the Rasht representative in the parliament, and the complaint and cases belong to 2015”.