DUBAI (Reuters) – A courtroom in Iran has handed a nine-year jail sentence to British-Iranian anthropologist Kameel Ahmady, after convicting him of conducting “subversive” analysis work, the semi-official information company Tasnim stated on Sunday.
Ahmady was additionally fined 600,000 euros ($727,000) – the sum Iranian authorities stated he acquired for his analysis from establishments accused of searching for to topple Iran’s Islamic authorities, Tasnim reported.
There was no rapid official touch upon the sentence, which was additionally reported by different Iranian information businesses and a human rights teams, in addition to by Ahmady’s lawyer, who stated that he would attraction.
“Ahmady was accused of buying illicit property from his cooperation in implementing subversive establishments’ initiatives within the nation,” Tasnim stated.
Ahmady, an ethnic Kurd who had researched controversial points akin to little one marriage and feminine genital mutilation (FGM) in Iran, was detained in August 2019 however launched on bail three months later, in line with human rights teams.
Ahmady stated on Twitter he had been denied entry to a lawyer throughout his detention.
“Opposite to all…hope for a good trial, I used to be sentenced after being denied entry to a lawyer throughout 100 days of detention and extrajudicial interrogations, and after two unprofessional trial periods filled with judicial violations,” Ahmady tweeted.
Ahmady’s lawyer, Amir Raesian, stated his shopper had acquired an eight-year sentence for “collaborating with a hostile authorities”.
“We’ll current an attraction request in opposition to this ruling and we’re nonetheless hopeful,” Raesian stated on Twitter.
The explanation for the obvious discrepancy concerning the size of Ahmady’s sentence was not instantly clear.
After Ahmady’s arrest, his spouse advised the New York-based Heart for Human Rights in Iran that his work was impartial and revealed with authorities approval.
Rights activists have accused Iran of arresting dozens of twin nationals to attempt to win concessions from different international locations – a cost that the Islamic republic has recurrently dismissed.
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