Nazar Ahari, a founder of the Committee of Human Rights Reporters in Iran, was arrested last December on her way to attend the funeral of dissident cleric, Ayatollah Montazeri.
She was earlier arrested in June 2009 right after Iran’s controversial presidential election which led to mass street protests and a wave of arrests to quell the opposition. She was released after three months in prison on a $200,000 bail and later arrested again in December.
She stood trial last week for the charge of “rebellion against God through connection with the dissident group People’s Mojahedin, assembly and collusion to commit a crime, propaganda against the regime and disturbing the public.”
Nazar Ahari denied any links with People’s Mojahedin Organization and maintained that she has always been “against the actions of this terrorist organization.”
The detained human rights activist was held in solitary confinement for over 100 days during her imprisonment.
Last week, Iranians abroad staged demonstrations in cities such as Paris, Cologne and Washington demanding her release from the Islamic Republic authorities.
The European Parliament’s Subcommittee on Human Rights as well as Amnesty International also issued separate statements in support of Shiva Nazar Ahari calling for her immediate release in Iran.
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