Iranian regime condemns Narges Mohammadi, Nobel Prize winner

This is the 5th sentence received by her, who already was condemned to 12 years in prison and 154 lashes.

The family of Narges Mohammadi, the Nobel Peace Prize laureate, announced on Monday that an Iranian court had sentenced her to 15 months in prison and two years of exile from Tehran for the “dissemination of propaganda” against the Islamic Republic. This is the fifth sentence against the 51-year-old activist since 2021, and the first one after she received the prestigious award last October.

According to a statement posted on Instagram by the family, the Revolutionary Court also imposed a two-year travel ban, a two-year prohibition to participate in political and social groups, and a two-year prohibition of the use of smartphones on Mohammadi.

Narges Mohammadi did not attend the trial that took place in her absence on December 19, 2023, in courtroom 26 of the Tehran Revolutionary Court, headed by Judge Iman Atshari. She claimed that the trial was “illegal” and that the judiciary was “not independent” in the Islamic Republic.

The activist, who has been serving a 10-year sentence in Tehran’s Evin Prison since November 2021, had previously criticized the revolutionary courts for issuing death sentences to young people who participated in the protests that erupted after the killing of Mahsa Amini in 2022. She also mentioned the case of Mohsen Shekari, a 23-year-old protester who was executed for his involvement in the demonstrations.

The family said that the sentence was a “political message” for Mohammadi, who has been repeatedly accused of inciting and encouraging the people to oppose the Islamic regime and create chaos and unrest.

Narges Mohammadi has been sentenced to a total of 12 years and three months in prison and 154 lashes, among other punishments, for her activism. She was awarded the Nobel Peace Prize by the Norwegian Nobel Committee last month “for her struggle against the oppression of women in Iran and for her promotion of human rights and freedom for all.”

Her children received the award on her behalf on December 10 at a ceremony in Oslo, where they read a message from their mother, who asked for international support to end the Iranian regime, which she said was “at its lowest level of legitimacy and popular support.”

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