Thursday, October 6, 2016

"Punished for her imagination", Iranian writer given long jail term for story about stoning

A writer and human rights activist Golrokh Ebrahimi Iraee has been sentenced to six years' imprisonment in Iran for her yet to be published story about a young woman who burns a copy of the Koran after watching the film The Stoning of Soraya M (a true story of a young woman stoned to death). Ms Ebrahimi Iraee was convicted of "insulting Islamic sanctities" and "spreading propaganda against the system". She was taken to Tehran's Evin Prison and was held there for 20 days, without being able to contact her family or a lawyer. Amnesty International said that the conviction and the trial were "ludicrous" "farcical", and Ebrahimi Iraee "is effectively being punished for using her imagination".

-Mirina Uchida

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