Iran: prison terms for May Day defendants

Four months after being arrested while covering a May Day protest in Tehran, journalist Marzieh Amiri was sentenced to 10 and a half¬†years in prison and 148 lashes by the local Revolutionary Court¬†on Aug. 26.¬†If her sentence is upheld upon appeal, Amiri, a reporter for the reformist Shargh newspaper, will have to serve at least six years in prison before becoming eligible for parole.¬†Amiri, who is also a sociology student at the University of Tehran, was convicted of¬†charges including “assembly and collusion against national security,”¬†“disturbing public order”¬†and “propaganda against the state.”¬†She was arrested at the peaceful¬†May Day rally in Baharestan Square,¬†near Iran’s Parliament building, along with several activists.¬†One of the labor activists, Atefeh Rangriz, has been sentenced¬†¬†to 11 years and six months in prison and 74 lashes.¬†(Center for Human Rights in Iran, Iran Human Rights Monitor, Committee to Protect Journalists)

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Photo: Center for Human Rights in Iran