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Iran imprisons attorney for shaking hands with his female client

Mohammed Moghini, the lawyer representing Atena Faraghdani, the Iranian cartoonist who was sentenced to 12.5 years in prison for drawing a picture critical of how the Islamist regime treats women, was recently arrested for shaking hands with his female client. Iranian human rights activist Shabnam Assadollahi explained that the arrest of Moghini is designed to deprive his client of the right of appeal.
by Rachel Avraham
IraniancartoonistAtena Farghadani Photo Credit: Youtube

According to a report in Radio Farda, Mohammed Moghini, Atena Farghadani’s lawyer, has been arrested for shaking hands with his female client. Moghini’s client Faraghdani is the Iranian political cartoonist who was recently sentenced to 12.5 years in prison for drawing a picture that is critical of the Islamist regime and their attitude towards women.

In an exclusive interview with JerusalemOnline, Iranian human rights activist Shabnam Assadollahi explained: “The court ruling was delivered to Atena Faraghdani’ and her lawyer Mr. Moghimi on June 1, 2015. They have only 20 days to appeal the court’s decision and as usual regarding the Islamist regime, they arrest the lawyer to have them miss the due date and to stop the appeal application.”

“Atena Faraghdani’s lawyer, Mohammad Moghimi, had stated earlier that under Article 134 of Iran’s New Islamic Penal Code, his client’s sentence should be reduced to 7.5 years imprisonment,” Assadollahi explained. “Mr. Moghimi also noted that the ruling issued by the judge stated that Article 134 should be ‘considered.’ Moghimi added that a 7.5-year prison sentence was ‘the maximum punishment for the charge of ‘assembly and collusion against national security,’” one of the charges against her.”

“According to reports by human rights groups, Iran’s security agents arrested the cartoonist and civil rights activist Atena Faraghdani on August 24, 2014 and transferred her to IRGC’s Ward 2-A inside Evin Prison,” Assadollahi noted. “She was released on bail on November 2, 2014. She published a video of herself, in which she spoke about an incident of aggressive strip search by female prison guards inside a solitary cell at Evin Prison. She said in the video that she had been ordered to take off her clothes, which she had refused. The video was widely viewed and discussed on social media networks. After the video was published, she was summoned to Branch 15 of the Tehran Revolutionary Court on January 10, 2015, arrested, and transferred to Gharchak Prison in Varamin, outside Tehran.”



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