Daughter of ex-Iranian President Rafsanjani sentenced
The well-known Iranian politician Faeseh Hashemi has been sentenced to five years in prison for allegedly system-critical statements.
ARCHIVE – The Iranian women’s rights activist Faeseh Hashemi has been a critic of the system for years. Photo: Abedin Taherkenareh/EPA/dpa
This was reported by the online newspapers “Hammihan” and “Emtedad” on Tuesday, citing their legal counsel. The judgment is therefore not yet final.
Hashemi was arrested at the end of September because she had shown solidarity with the women’s movement. The authorities accuse her of having called for protests.
The 60-year-old Hashemi is the daughter of former President Ali Akbar Hashemi-Rafsanjani, who died in 2017, and has been a critic of the Islamic system for years. The former MP and sports official is a thorn in the side of the Islamic Republic’s political leadership and has been arrested several times.
As a women’s activist, Hashemi was always against the compulsory headscarf, although she dresses and veils herself traditionally. She was the editor of the daily newspaper “San” (Woman), which had to close in 1999 because of its feminist views.
The latest wave of protests in Iran was triggered by the death of Jina Mahsa Amini in police custody on September 16, 2022. The Iranian Kurd was arrested by the so-called moral police for violating the Islamic dress code in force in Iran.