Human Rights Defenders Saba Kordafshari and Raheleh Ahmadi Returned to Prison

April 10, 2021, 11:33 a.m.

Iran Human Rights (IHR); April 10, 2021: Human rights defenders, Saba Kordafshari and her mother Raheleh Ahmadi have returned to prison today after their furlough ended.

According to Iran Human Rights, women’s rights activist Raheleh Ahmadi who had been on furlough since March 14, returned to Evin Prison today after authorities refused her request for an extension.

At the same time, her daughter, Saba Kordafshari who was furloughed on April 3 on a bail of 2.2 billion Tomans returned to Qarchak Prison. Saba had tested positive for COVID-19 before being furloughed from prison.

According to HRANA news agency, after Saba was separated from her and exiled to Qarchak Prison, Raheleh Ahmadi suffered from a ruptured disc from the mental stress and needs the aid of a walking frame to walk.

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.

Raheleh Ahmadi was also arrested by security agents at her home on 10 July 2019 and later released on a bail of 700 million Tomans pending her trial. On 16 December 2019, Branch 26 of Tehran Revolutionary Court, presided over by Judge Afshari, sentenced Raheleh to a total of four years and two months in prison; three years and six months for “assembly and collusion to act against national security through cooperation with dissident media”, and eight months for “propaganda against the system.” She was acquitted of the charge of “inciting and facilitating corruption and prostitution”.

Her sentence was reduced to two years and seven months in prison for not protesting the decision. Raheleh was arrested on 15 February 2020 after attending Branch 3 of the Evin Court and transferred to the Women’s Ward of Evin Prison to serve out her sentence.