A prominent human rights activist has been sentenced to six years in prison by an Iranian court, on various anti-government charges, a semi-official Iranian news agency has reported.
On Saturday, ILNA news agency said that Shiva Nazar Ahari (photo) was convicted of gathering and plotting to commit crimes against the Iranian state, propaganda against the establishment and waging war against God, a crime punishable by death under the Islamic Republic’s Sharia law.
Nazar Ahari, 26, is the founder of the Committee of Human Rights Reporters in Tehran.
She was arrested a first time shortly after the disputed June 2009 presidential vote and released only after spending three months in Tehran’s Evin prison, where dozens of activists and journalists are still being held.
In December she was arrested again, on her way to the funeral of Grand Ayatollah Hossein Ali Montazeri, the spiritual adviser of the Green movement which opposed the re-election of Mahmoud Ahmadinejad, the Iranian president, last June.
Her lawyer, Mohammad Sharif, said that in addition to the jail term, she has to pay a $400 fine or face 74 lashes.
Sharif vowed to appeal the verdict, saying there was “no legal basis for this charge”.
The claims against her were dismissed by human rights groups as “trumped-up charges’‘ stemming from her participation in the 2009 protest rallies.
While opposition says the election was rigged, authorities denied that and blamed foreign powers for stirring agitation.