Iranian woman in Tehran prison for attending volleyball game starts hunger strike

25-year-old Ghoncheh Ghavami begins protest after some three months in Tehran jail.

October 9, 2014 16:58
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Members of Iran's men's volleyball team during the gold medal match against Japan.. (photo credit: REUTERS)

A British-Iranian woman arrested in Tehran for watching a men's volleyball has gone on hunger strike after nearly three month in prison, British media reported this week.

Following 100 days of solitary isolation in Iran's Evin prison, notorious for its political prisoners' wing, 25-year-old Ghoncheh Ghavami began her protest.

Ghavami, who was born in London and later moved to Iran, was detained in June after trying to attend the match, breaching Iran's ban on female spectators at sporting events.

More than half a million people have endorsed a petition demanding the release of Ghavami, the BBC reported.

The law graduate of the University of London was charged in September with "propaganda against the regime," according to the Guardian. She is due to stand trial in Tehran's revolutionary court on the charges that could possibly lead to a conviction of several years in prison.  

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