A British-Iranian woman has been sentenced to one year in prison – after she tried to attend a volleyball match in Tehran.
Ghoncheh Ghavami, who was arrested outside the Freedom Stadium, was given no reason for her conviction.
The law graduate, from Shepherd’s Bush in west London, had been accused of “propaganda against the state”.
Iranian officials maintain she was detained for security reasons. The 25-year-old, an alumna of the School of African and Oriental Studies, went on hunger strike after she was moved to the “brutal” Evin Prison in June.
A campaign calling for her immediate release has attracted more than 700,000 supporters to date.
Amnesty International has labelled Ms Ghavami’s continued incarceration as “appalling”, and described her as a prisoner of conscience.
Its director, Kate Allen, said: “It’s an outrage that a young woman is being locked up simply for peacefully having her say about how women are discriminated against in Iran…. see more