Iran extends Nobel laureate Narges Mohammadi’s jail sentence | EUROtoday

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Narges Mohammadi, an Iranian activist and 2023 Nobel Peace Prize laureate, has been sentenced to a further 15 months in jail for “spreading propaganda against the Islamic Republic regime,” her household stated in a assertion shared on social media.

She had been a vocal supporter of the wave of protests that swept Iran after a younger girl named Mahsa Amini died in custody in 2022 after she was accused of sporting insufficiently conservative clothes. On the anniversary of Amini’s demise, Mohammadi and different feminine detainees staged a protest inside Iran’s infamous Evin Prison and burned headscarves, she stated.

Mohammadi’s newest conviction is her fifth since March 2021, which in whole mount to 12 years and three months in jail, 154 lashes, and numerous social and political prohibitions, her household stated Monday. She was first arrested in 2011.

“She declined to take part in any of the interrogations or trial sessions in court,” the household assertion stated. Mohammadi was additionally sentenced to 2 years of exile outdoors Tehran and was banned for 2 years from membership in sociopolitical teams and from utilizing a smartphone.

Mohammadi, 51, was awarded the Nobel Peace Prize after a profession spent serving to imprisoned activists, main a marketing campaign towards the demise penalty and criticizing the “regime’s use of torture and sexualized violence,” the group stated.

“More than 20 years of fighting for women’s rights made her a symbol of freedom and standard-bearer in the struggle against the Iranian theocracy,” it stated.

She was in jail when the Nobel Prize was awarded, and it was accepted by her youngsters, who reside in exile with Mohammadi’s husband in France. Iran’s Foreign Ministry condemned the award.

Iran’s newest judgment emphasised “accusations that she repeatedly incites and encourages public and individual opinions against the Islamic regime to sow chaos and disturbances,” her household stated, including that the judgment “resembles a political statement.”

Niloofar Hamedi and Elaheh Mohammadi, two feminine journalists who reported on Amini’s demise, have been launched from jail on bail this week, Reuters reported, citing native media. After photos of their launch have been shared on-line, each have been charged below legal guidelines requiring ladies to put on a hijab, the Guardian reported.

Mizan, Iran’s judiciary information web site, stated new circumstances have been introduced towards two feminine defendants after they have been photographed after their launch, but it surely didn’t determine them.