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Kurdish woman sentenced to jail and lashes for participation in anti-government protests in Iran

KURDISH woman Fatemah Davand has been jailed for five years and given 30 lashes for “disturbing public order” in last year’s anti-government protests in Iran.

She was sentenced in two separate cases in the Bukan criminal court and the Mahabad revolutionary court, the Kurdistan Human Rights Network reported on Saturday.

Charges related to the removal of her hijab were dropped.

Judge Mehdi Taghzadeh sentenced her to five years and five months for participating in the protests that erupted last November after a tripling of gas prices. 

After her arrest on November 19, Ms Davand was taken to the Urmia Intelligence Detention Centre, where she was subjected to physical and psychological torture for 13 days. 

Her confessions were broadcast on state TV soon afterwards.

She was reportedly released on bail in April before appearing in court again the following month.

According to sources, another case was filed against Ms Davand on charges of “membership of the Komala Party,” a proscribed Kurdish communist party.

This charge was changed to “participation in gatherings and collusion to disrupt national security” following interrogation.

Iran’s clerical regime has clamped down on dissent using lengthy jail sentences and executions to deter participation in future protests.

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