Iran Protests: Mehdi Dadgar Sentenced to over Four Years in Prison

The Criminal Court of Abhar sentenced Mehdi Dadgar, arrested during nationwide protests, to four years and three months and 16 days in prison.

According to this verdict, Dadgar received three years for “insulting the Prophet of Islam” and 15 months and 16 days for “spreading falsehood to disturb public opinions.”
Earlier, for another part of his legal case, he had been sentenced to 15 months for “insulting the former and current Supreme Leader of Iran” and 8 months for “propaganda against the regime.”

If the verdict is upheld on appeal, based on Article 134 of the Islamic Penal Code, three years in prison for the first count will be enforceable.

On September 22, 2022, he and his sister, Samaneh Dadgar, were arrested at protests and jailed in Abhar and Safar Abad Prisons, respectively. After a while, they were released on bail.

Since the beginning of nationwide protests, at least19571 people, including journalists, artists, lawyers, teachers, students and civil rights activists, have been arrested. So far, over protests, about 738 people have been sentenced to a total of 12342 months imprisonment.