15-year Prison Sentence Upheld for Civil Activist, Saba Kord Afshari

15-year Prison Sentence Upheld for Civil Activist, Saba Kord Afshari

Published by on June 2, 2020

International Liberty Association: Civil activist Saba Kord Afshari received a 15-year imprisonment sentence, which was first reduced in the Court of Appeals but later was again added to her prison term. The 15-year sentence, issued by the Branch 36 of the Court of Appeals, was reinstated in full. Civil activist Saba Kord Afshari was arrested on 1 June last year. She was sentenced to 24 years imprisonment on 19 August last year.

Authorities sentenced Ms Kord Afshari to 15 years on charges of “promoting corruption and prostitution through appearing without a headscarf in public;” 1.5 years on charges of “propaganda against the state;” and 7.5 years on charges of “gathering and colluding against national security.”
In November 2019, the appeals court reduced the sentence by 15 years.

Ms Kord Afshari was first arrested in August 2018, during street protests in Tehran. She was taken to Qarchak Prison and detained indefinitely. She was eventually sentenced to 1 year in prison for “disruption of public order” and transferred to the women’s ward of Evin Prison. Saba Kord Afshari was released in February 2019.

Saba Afshari was re-arrested and taken to Qarchak Prison in Varamin in June 2019. On July 2, she was taken to Ward 2A in Evin Prison, which falls under the purview of the Intelligence Department of the Islamic Revolutionary Guard Corps (IRGC), and pressured to provide a forced confession. She was subsequently returned to Qarchak and was eventually transferred to the women’s ward of Evin on 13 August 2019.

ILA: Saba Kord Afshari was repeatedly pressured to make video confessions, something that she strongly resisted and refused to do. The Intelligence Ministry even arrested her mother, Raheleh Ahmadi, as a means of applying additional pressure to force her into making false confessions.

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