Friday , 21 June 2024

Iranian Artist Atena Farghdani Sentenced to Six Years in Prison

Iranwire – Atena Farghdani, a prominent Iranian painter and cartoonist, has been sentenced to six years in prison by a revolutionary court in Tehran, her lawyer Mohammad Moghimi announced on Monday.

Farghdani refused bail as an act of protest over her "arbitrary arrest" and was subsequently transferred to the notorious Qarchak prison

In a post on his X account, Moghimi said that Farghdani received a 5-year sentence for “insulting the sacred” and an additional 1-year term for “propaganda against the Islamic Republic” from the 26th Branch of the Revolutionary Court.

The lawyer said the court imposed the maximum punishments for the two charges against Farghdani by treating them as separate crimes, despite them stemming from the same alleged actions.

Moghimi had previously disclosed that Farghdani was arrested in June 2023 after visiting the Evin Prosecutor’s Office.

He said she was “severely assaulted” by authorities, with visible injuries to her face.

According to Moghimi, Farghdani refused bail as an act of protest over her “arbitrary arrest” and was subsequently transferred to the notorious Qarchak prison.

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