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Iranian filmmaker sentenced to 9 years of prison over protests

Tehran, Jan 17 (EFE).- An Iranian court sentenced a filmmaker on Tuesday to nearly 10 years of prison and 74 lashes on charges linked to the social unrest and protests in the country.

Mozhgan Ilanlu was first placed under arrest in mid-October for allegedly publishing photos of herself without the mandatory Islamic headscarf in public and inviting other Iranians to take to the streets in protest.

These messages were interpreted as support for the protests sparked by the death of 22-year-old Kurdish woman Mahsa Amini in police custody following her arrest by the Morality Police for allegedly not wearing the Islamic veil properly.

She was on Tuesday sentenced to six years of prison for collusion against national security, 15 months for propaganda against the Islamic Republic, 15 months for public disorder, and 15 months more for provoking illegal activities.

Ilanlu was also sentenced to 74 lashes, received a fine of 80 million rials (roughly $200) and was banned from leaving the country, taking part in social organizations, or participating in media activity for two years.

The filmmaker is the latest person convicted for her alleged support of the protests staged by young people and women calling for the end of the Islamic Republic.

At least 2,000 people have been charged by Iran with various crimes for their participation in the protests; 17 have been sentenced to death, four have been executed, and hundreds have been sentenced to prison terms.

The demonstrations, mainly led by young people and women under the slogan “woman, life, freedom”, have been met with heavy repression from security forces.

Iran Human Rights, an Iranian NGO based in Oslo, estimates that nearly 500 have been killed in the unrest, including 64 minors, while about 20,000 have been arrested.

Following the executions of protesters in recent weeks, the social movement has lost momentum significantly and demonstrations are now rarely seen in the streets. EFE


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