Human Rights Defenders Saba Kord-Afshari and Raha Ahmadi Furloughed

April 3, 2021, 7:13 a.m.

Iran Human Rights (IHR); April 3, 2021: Human rights defenders Saba Kordafshari and Raha Ahmadi have been furloughed from Qarchak prison. Saba’s furlough is said to be seven days long and Raha’s is related to her release.


According to Iran Human Rights, Saba Kordafshari and Raha Ahmadi were furloughed from Qarchak Prison today. According to Hrana news agency which first reported the news, Saba has been furloughed on a bail of 2.2 billion Tomans. Saba’s furlough comes after she tested positive for COVID-19 twenty days ago.

Saba’s mother, Raheleh Ahmadi was previously furloughed on Sunday, March 14. She had been serving her 31 month prison sentence in Evin Prison since 15 February 2020. It is believed that Raha’s furlough is related to her release and she will not have to return to prison.

Saba Kordafshari, born in 1998, was tried on 27 August 2019 by Branch 26 of the Tehran Revolutionary Court, presided over by Judge Iman Afshari. She was sentenced to 24 years imprisonment: 15 years in prison for “inciting and facilitating corruption and prostitution” through unveiling, seven and a half years for “assembly and colluding against national security”, a year and a half for “propaganda against the system” along with social restrictions. On appeal, Branch 36 of the Court of Appeals acquitted her of the “inciting and facilitating corruption and prostitution” charges, thus reducing her sentence to nine years in prison, and she would have to serve seven and a half after the application of Article 134.

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