Journalist Vida Rabbani Sentenced to Prison

The Court of Appeal of Tehran sentenced Vida Rabbani to ten years and four months imprisonment and additional punishments. 

According to HRANA, the news agency of Human Rights Activists, Vida Rabbani, journalist and a member of the Union of Islamic Iran People Party, was sentenced to ten years and four months in prison.

According to this verdict, she has been sentenced to five years in prison on the charge of “blasphemy”, four years for “assembly and collusion to act against national security”, eight months for “propaganda against the regime”, and eight months for “disrupting public order”. Based on article 134 of the Islamic Penal Code, five years for the first charge will be enforceable.

Rabbani has also been banned from practising journalism and engaging in political activities.

On November 22, 2020, Rabbani was arrested and transferred to Ward 209 of Evin Prison. She was released on bail later on December 20, 2020.

Journalist Vida Rabbani Sentenced to Five Years Imprisonment

The Revolutionary Court sentenced journalist Vida Rabbani to five years imprisonment and additional punishments. Of this sentence, two years have been suspended.

According to HRANA, the news agency of Human Rights Activists, Vida Rabbani, journalist and a member of the Union of Islamic Iran People Party, was sentenced to five years in prison.

In a post on social media, Rabbani stated that she has been charged with ” blasphemy “, “disrupting public order”, “inciting violence, assembly ad collusion to act against national security”, and “propaganda against the regime.”

According to Rabbani, activities such as retweeting posts or a poem were presented to create evidence for the charges of “blasphemy” and “assembly and collusion” in trials. 

As additional punishment, Rabbani has been banned from posting on social media, political activities, and gatherings.

On November 22, 2020, Vida Rabbani was arrested by security forces and transferred to Ward 209 of Evin Prison. Twelve days later, in a phone call to her family, she informed them about her hunger strike. On December 20, 2020, she was released on bail.

At Least Four Civil Activists Detained for Several Hours Following a Protest Rally in Tehran

On Wednesday, September 8, a number of civil activists were arrested in a protest rally related to the recent changes in Afghanistan and taken to an unknown location.

According to HRANA, the news agency of Human Rights Activists, Narges Mohammadi, Ahmad Reza Haeri, Pouran Nazemi, Vida Rabbani were among the arrested activists.

The rally was marred by violence by security and police forces. The mobile phones of several protesters were confiscated and only returned on condition of deleting the taken videos and photos. Some Afghans are said to be among the detainees.

Protesters carried placards and chanted slogans in support of Panjshir resistance and Afghan women, and against the Taliban and the Islamic Emirate.

The arrested activists were released after a couple of hours, on the evening of the same day.

Recently, Branch 2 of the Evin Prosecutor’s Office filed a lawsuit against Ms. Nazemi and Ms. Mohammadi, and seven other activists. These activists were also arrested and detained for a couple hours on July 20 during a rally in support of the people of Khuzestan in Tehran.