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Masoumeh Zia Arrested at Her Arrival in Iran

Posted on: 22nd February, 2017
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HRANA News Agency – Masoumeh Zia was arrested at the airport when she was returning to Iran. Couple of hours after the arrest, security officers went to her house along with her, and searched her house, and then took her electronics and communication gadgets with them. According to the officers, a news case has been opened against her.

According to the report of Human Rights Activists News Agency in Iran (HRANA), Masoumeh Zia, Erfan Halgheh activist, was arrested at the airport when she was returning to Iran on January 6, 2017.

A source close to Zia family told HRANA’s reporter that: “Masoumeh had gone to visit her relatives abroad and she was arrested at the airport upon her return”.

The source added: “Although Masoumeh had one a sentence of year imprisonment, but she had no problem when she was leaving the country. However, when she returned, she was told that she had been barred to leave the country. After about two hours, intelligence agents went to her home along with her, and searched her home, and then seized and took her electronics and communication devices such as computers and mobile phone and so on.”

Finally, this source said: “She was told that this arrest was not related to the previous case and it was a new case.”

Masoumeh Zia was arrested during the rally by the supporters of Erfan Halgheh in front of the Revolutionary Court, then she was tried by a court, presided by Judge Ahmadzadeh, on February 7, and was sentenced to endure one year imprisonment and 74 lashes, on charges of disturbing the public order by participating in illegal gatherings.

The sentence of one year imprisonment and 74 lashes was upheld precisely the by the Court of Appeal.

She and 15 other educators of Erfan Halgheh, were sentenced to 37 years imprisonment in total, during various trials in February 2015.

Ms. Zia previously had been sentenced to 1 year suspended imprisonment when she was arrested in 2006, with the charge of participating in a peaceful gathering on June 12, 2006, which was held with the aim of changing the discriminatory laws against women.

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