May 18, 2010
HRANA – Islamic Revolutionary Court (Branch 26) has sentenced Shadi Sadr to six years in jail and 74 lashes and Mahbubeh Abbas-Gholizadeh to two-and-a-half years in jail and 30 lashes for acting against national security, harming public order, and resisting arrest.
Mohammad Mostafai, their lawyer, told Iranian Labour News Agency (ILNA) that these two women’s rights activists are both currently abroad, and they have been tried in absentia on May 8th 2010.
Furthermore, Mr. Mostafai told ILNA that the revolutionary court has sentenced Shadi Sadr to five years in jail for acting against national security, in addition to one year in jail and 74 lashes for harming public order and resisting arrest. Mahbubeh Abbas-Gholizadeh has been also sentenced to two-and-a-half years in jail and 30 lashes for similar charges.
Mr. Mostafai told ILNA he was handed these charges on May 8th. He added he has been given 20 days to appeal the “heavy sentences,” and he definitely will appeal.
According to Mr. Mostafai, these charges were related to a protest on March 4, 2007, in which 33 women’s rights activists were arrested, but only these two activists received such heavy sentences.