Sepideh Rashno Sentenced to Five Years of Suspended Imprisonment

Artist Sepideh Rashno received a five-year suspended prison sentence and additional punishment.

According to HRANA, the news agency of Human Rights Activists, Saman Rashno informed the public on social media that his sister, Sepideh Rashno, has been sentenced to five years of suspended imprisonment.

Saman Rashno wrote: “the charge of provoking promiscuity was dropped. But she was sentenced to five years of suspended imprisonment for three other charges, ‘assembly and collusion against national security,’ ‘propaganda against the regime,’ and ‘not wearing hijab in public.’ ”

As additional punishment, she has to appear at the judicial office quarterly, ask permission from judicial authorities if she wants to leave the country and study certain materials for the purpose of indoctrination.

On July 16, security forces arrested Rashno after a quarrel on a city bus with a woman who harassed and assaulted her for what she deemed as improper hejab.

On July 30, Official media outlets inside Iran released a forced confession video of Rashno. HRANA revealed that prior to this confession, Rashno had been hospitalized due to the risk of internal bleeding indicating she had been tortured to make the confession.

On August 30, 2022, Sepideh Rashno was released on an 800-million-tomans bail.