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A source close to the family of imprisoned student Maryam Shafipour, who was just sentenced to seven years in prison, told the International Campaign for Human Rights in Iran that Shafipour received the heavy sentence on strange and irrational charges such as “membership in Facebook,” “applying for a student visa,” “existence of a satellite TV receiver at her father’s house,” and “contact with the Heads of Sedition [Mousavi and Karroubi] during their house arrest.”
“Unfortunately, Maryam’s interrogator’s wish was implemented in her sentence. During those first few days of her detention, her interrogator told Maryam that if she doesn’t confess to her charges, she will get more than five years in prison,” said the source.
The source told the Campaign that the family intends to object to this sentence within the stipulated time. “Maryam’s family hopes that in the Rouhani administration, whose slogan is ‘moderation,’ a fair judge reviews their daughter’s case and dismisses this ruling, which is based on unrelated and unreal crimes, and releases Maryam,” the source told the Campaign.
A student activist and member of Mehdi Karroubi’s 2009 election campaign, Maryam Shafipour was arrested on July 27, 2013, when she appeared at Evin Prison Court after being summoned. She was transferred to Evin Prison, where she spent 67 days in solitary confinement and nearly eight months in “temporary detention,” while her case judge refused to release her on bail.
Shafipour’s lawyer was informed of her conviction by Branch 28 of Tehran Revolutionary Court under Judge Salavati on March 1, on charges of “propaganda against the regime” and “assembly and collusion against national security,” and sentenced to seven years in prison and two years’ ban on “cyberspace, media, and press activities.”