Iran: Woman gets jail time for attending volleyball match

Marching in reverse. Iran has to get a grip

Dindu Nuffin

Ghoncheh Ghavami (screen capture: BBC)
Ghoncheh Ghavami (screen capture: BBC)
TEHRAN — A British-Iranian woman who was arrested in Tehran after trying to attend a volleyball match has been sentenced to one year in jail, her lawyer was reported as saying Sunday.
Ghoncheh Ghavami, a 25-year-old law graduate from London, who was detained in June at a Tehran stadium where Iran’s national volleyball team was to play Italy, went on trial last month.

“According to the verdict she was sentenced to one year,” her lawyer Alizadeh Tabatabaie was quoted in Iranian media as saying, noting that the judge had shown him the sentence.

But no reason was given for the conviction.

Iranian officials have said Ghavami was detained for security reasons unrelated to the volleyball match. So far she has been held in the capital’s notorious Evin Prison for 126 days.

The “Free Ghoncheh Ghavami” Facebook page where her friends and family campaigned…

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