Student Samaneh Asghari Receives One-Year Prison Sentence on Appeal

The Court of Appeal in Tehran has issued a one-year prison sentence for Samaneh Asghari, a student at Kharazmi University.

In a verdict dated February 10, 2024, Branch 36 of the Tehran Court of Appeal upheld Asghari’s one-year sentence. The initial verdict was issued by Branch 29 of the Tehran Revolutionary Court.

Asghari was detained by security forces at her residence in Tehran on September 14, 2023, and subsequently released on bail from Qarchak Prison in Varamin on October 4, 2023.

It is worth noting that Asghari had previously faced detention in connection with nationwide protests in October 2022, leading to an initial sentence of 18 years and three months. However, she was granted a pardon under the general pardon and commutation directive, resulting in her release from Qarchak Prison in April of the current year.

Prison Sentence Upheld on Appeal for Couple Facing Political Charges

Branch 36 of the Tehran Court of Appeal has affirmed a combined eight-year sentence for Asadollah Fakhimi and his wife Hoorieh (Hoori) Khanpour.

On February 7, the couple was officially informed of the verdict, which mandates four years for Fakhimi and two years for Khanpour on charges of “assembly and collusion against national security,” in addition to one year each for “propaganda against the regime.” This totals eight years of imprisonment for the couple.

The Ministry of Intelligence conducted a raid on their residence on July 11, 2023, seizing belongings during an extensive search. Subsequently, Fakhimi and Khanpour were summoned to Evin Courthouse to face legal proceedings.

After the second inquiry session at Evin Courthouse on November 5, 2023, the couple was released on bail amounting to one billion tomans, approximately 20,000 dollars.

Sepideh Rashnu Faces Four-Month Sentence on Appeal Amidst New Legal Challenges

Sepideh Rashnu, a student and vocal opponent of compulsory hijab, has been handed a four-month prison sentence by the Tehran Court of Appeal, as reported by Shargh Newspaper. Her lawyer, Milad Panahi Pour, disclosed that she is concurrently grappling with yet another legal case.

Rashnu was found guilty of “disseminating vulgar images on the Internet.” Panahi Pour clarified that, following the initial verdict, they filed an appeal. However, yesterday they were notified about the appellate court’s decision while en route to present their defense.

In addition to the ongoing legal proceedings, a new case has been initiated against Mrs. Rashnu, triggering the activation of a previously suspended three-year, seven-month sentence. Consequently, she is now facing a cumulative prison term of three years and eleven months.

This isn’t the first time Rashnu has encountered legal challenges stemming from her refusal to adhere to hijab rules. She had previously received a two-semester suspension from the university. Moreover, on July 16, 2022, security forces arrested her following an altercation on a city bus, during which she was harassed and physically assaulted by a woman who deemed her hijab improper.