Iranian writer sentenced to six years in prison for an unpublished story about the clogging of women with stones
Iranian writer and human rights activist Golrokh of Ebrahimi Ira was sentenced to six years in prison for a story about the clogging of women with stones. The work, which became the reason for the harsh sentence was not published. International human rights organization Amnesty International called on the Iranian authorities to immediately release the activist.
Ebrahimi Ira 4 Oct called from the Center of corrections and ordered to appear at the Tehran Evin prison to serve a six-year sentence for “insulting Islamic sanctities” and “spreading propaganda against the system”. The writer was sentenced to prison for her unpublished story, reported on the website of Amnesty International.
The work tells about a woman who saw the film “the stoning of Soraya M.” (USA, 2008, tells the story of a young woman to death stoned for adultery), and in anger burned a copy of the Koran.
Authorities found the story on 6 October 2014, when the writer and her husband, human rights activist Arash Sadeghi was arrested in Tehran, presumably, of Iran’s Revolutionary guards (IRGC the Iranian revolution). Representatives of the IRGC, without showing an arrest warrant, delivered a couple in their home, where they conducted a search and seized property, including laptops, laptops and some CDs.
The writer and her husband was sent to Evin prison. The woman was kept in jail for 20 days, not allowing them to communicate with relatives and lawyer. During the first three days she was in solitary confinement. According to Ebrahimi Ira, she was kept blindfolded and interrogated for several hours, threatening the death penalty for “insulting Islam”. The writer also told that heard, as investigators questioned and insulted her husband in the next cell. Later he husband confirmed that he was kicked and beaten with the fist and choked.
In two short court sessions of Ebrahimi Ira not even allowed to speak in his defense. The first of them, the prosecutors spoke only about the actions of the husband of the defendant, and the second woman were unable to attend because was in the hospital after a complicated surgery. The writer has provided the court with his medical history, but her request to postpone the hearing was rejected. In addition, the first lawyer of the defendant exerted pressure, forcing to refuse to participate in the process, and the second was suspended from reading the case materials.
Husband of the activist was sentenced to 15 years in prison for “spreading propaganda against the system” and “insulting the founder of the Islamic Republic of Iran” based on the letters and correspondence in social networks. The defendant as well as his wife, not provided a lawyer.
Amnesty International accusations against Ebrahimi Ira called ridiculous and demanded to cancel the verdict against the writer and her husband, who with Jun are behind bars. “She was sent for a few years in jail just for writing a story that was not even published – it actually punished for the use of the imagination,” said Philip Luther, head of investigations and the protection of Amnesty International’s Middle East and North Africa.
According to Luther, instead of to jail a young woman for the peaceful use of their human rights by expressing their opposition to the stoning, the Iranian authorities should focus on the abolition of this punishment, which may be considered torture.
The human rights activist has called a farce the trial against the writer. In his opinion, Ebrahimi Ira was deprived of the right to defence and her conviction was a foregone conclusion. “This is just the latest example of the complete contempt the Iranian authorities for justice and human rights,” stated Luther.
Stoning – death penalty, traditionally used in Iran to those convicted of fornication. Iranian authorities consider the punishment effective for the prevention of crimes and protection of morality. Human rights activists have for many years advocated the abolition of this cruel form of execution.