Iranian activist gets 6 years in prison for unpublished story about stoning

Golrokh Ebrahimi was convicted of "insulting Islamic sanctities" and "spreading propaganda against the system."

October 7, 2016 14:30
Iran stoning

Exiled Iranians protest against executions and stonings in Iran during a demonstration on December 10, 2013 in Berlin. (photo credit: (ERIC BRIDIERS/US MISSION GENEVA))


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An Iranian writer and activist was sentenced to six years in prison for writing a story about stoning, the BBC reported Thursday.

According to the report, Golrokh Ebrahimi was convicted of "insulting Islamic sanctities" and "spreading propaganda against the system."

On September 6, 2014, Iranian authorities, said to be members of the Revolutionary Guard, arrested Ebrahimi and her husband Arash Sadeghi. During the arrest, they found the the unpublished manuscript.

Ebrahimi's piece describes the anger of a young woman while watching the 2008 American Persian-language movie The Stoning of Soraya M, about a young woman who is stoned to death.

According to Amnesty International, Ebrahimi was put in Evin Prison in Tehran for 20 days, without being allowed to see her family or a lawyer.

She told the organization that she was blindfolded and placed facing a wall during her hours of interrogation. She was reportedly told that she could be executed for "insulting Islam."

Ebrahimi's husband is currently serving a 15-year sentence at the prison in a special wing for academics, journalists and political prisoners.

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