Iran gives 5-year prison term to ex-president's daughter for ‘propaganda’
Iran Anti-Hijab Protests: Although, charges against activist Faezeh Hashemi were not revealed, Tehran's public prosecutor indicted her last year.
The daughter of former Iranian president Akbar Hashemi Rafsanjani has been sentenced to five years in prison, her lawyer said. Although, charges against activist Faezeh Hashemi were not revealed, Tehran's public prosecutor indicted her last year on charges of "propaganda against the system", local media reported.
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In September last year, she had been arrested for "inciting riots" in Tehran during protests that have gripped the country since the death of 22-year-old Kurdish woman Mahsa Amini in the custody of Iran's controversial morality police.
The demonstrations, that have posed one of the biggest challenges to Iran's regime since the 1979 revolution, have been going on for more than three months.
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"Following the arrest of Ms. Faezeh Hashemi, she was sentenced to five years in prison but the sentence is not final," defence lawyer Neda Shams wrote on her Twitter account.
In 2012, Faezeh Hashemi was sentenced to jail and banned from political activities for “anti state propaganda” dating back to the 2009 disputed presidential election.
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Her father Rafsanjani, who was known for his pragmatic policies of economic liberalisation and better relations with the West, died in 2017.