Court session held for Iranian female activist in Tehran

Court session held for Iranian female activist in Tehran

Iranian female activist Shiva Nazar-Ahari appeared in court on Saturday to answer charges of conspiracy and propaganda against the Iranian system, dpa reported according to the news agency ILNA.

Authorities claim Nazar-Ahari is affiliated with the People's Mujahedin of Iran (PMOI), regarded in Iran as terrorist group. She is also charged with a waging war against God, a crime in Islamic law which is usually punished in Iran with the death sentence.

According to opposition websites, the activist and journalist told the court she had no links whatsoever to the PMOI.

Her lawyer, Mohammad Sharif, told ILNA he hoped the verdict, when it came, would be lenient.

Nazar-Ahari, 26, was first arrested after President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad's relection in June last year in vote overshadowed by allegations of fraud.

She was released after three months, but arrested again in December for joining an anti-government gathering and mourning ceremony for the late Ayatollah Hossein-Ali Montazeri.

Several international human rights organizations have voiced support for Nazar-Ahari and demanded charges against her be dropped.

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