Iranian Student Sentenced To Seven Years Prison for Peaceful Activism

Shafi’ Pour received her sentence on March 2nd from Branch 15 of the Revolutionary Court of Tehran. She was found guilty of “spreading propaganda against the system” and “assembly and collusion against national security”. Her first court hearing was held on October 21st. 

She was also banned for two years from any “cyber activities”, including all internet use. According the opposition news, Shafi’ Pour was told during her interrogation that if she did not confess her prison sentence would be more than five years. 

As a result of this incident, Shafi’ Pour is banned from pursuing higher education because of her student activism. She has been detained since July 27th, 2013, and she had no access to a lawyer before being transferred to prison. She spent over two months in solitary confinement in section 209 of Tehran’s Evin Prison, which is under control of the Ministry of Intelligence. 

Amnesty International about Shafi’ Pour Said: In December 2013 Maryam Shafi’ Pour passed out after experiencing an irregular heartbeat, and was taken to the medical clinic in Evin Prison. Amnesty International understand that Maryam Shafi’ after two months of solitary confinement, she began suffering from skin rashes for which she has not yet received treatment.