Mohammed Moghini, the lawyer representing Atena Faraghdani, the Iranian cartoonist who was sentenced to 12.5 years in prison for drawing a picture critical of how the Islamist regime treats women, was recently arrested for shaking hands with his female client. Iranian human rights activist Shabnam Assadollahi explained that the arrest of Moghini is designed to deprive his client of the right of appeal.
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According to a report in Radio Farda, Mohammed Moghini, Atena Farghadani’s lawyer, has been arrested for shaking hands with his female client. Moghini’s client Faraghdani is the Iranian political cartoonist who was recently sentenced to 12.5 years in prison for drawing a picture that is critical of the Islamist regime and their attitude towards women.
In an exclusive interview with JerusalemOnline, Iranian human rights activist Shabnam Assadollahi explained: “The court ruling was delivered to Atena Faraghdani’ and her lawyer Mr. Moghimi on June 1, 2015. They have only 20 days to appeal the court’s decision and as usual regarding the Islamist regime, they arrest the lawyer to have them miss the due date and to stop the appeal application.”
“Atena Faraghdani’s lawyer, Mohammad Moghimi, had stated earlier that under Article 134 of Iran’s New Islamic Penal Code, his client’s sentence should be reduced to 7.5 years imprisonment,” Assadollahi explained. “Mr. Moghimi also noted that the ruling issued by the judge stated that Article 134 should be ‘considered.’ Moghimi added that a 7.5-year prison sentence was ‘the maximum punishment for the charge of ‘assembly and collusion against national security,’” one of the charges against her.”
“According to reports by human rights groups, Iran’s security agents arrested the cartoonist and civil rights activist Atena Faraghdani on August 24, 2014 and transferred her to IRGC’s Ward 2-A inside Evin Prison,” Assadollahi noted. “She was released on bail on November 2, 2014. She published a video of herself, in which she spoke about an incident of aggressive strip search by female prison guards inside a solitary cell at Evin Prison. She said in the video that she had been ordered to take off her clothes, which she had refused. The video was widely viewed and discussed on social media networks. After the video was published, she was summoned to Branch 15 of the Tehran Revolutionary Court on January 10, 2015, arrested, and transferred to Gharchak Prison in Varamin, outside Tehran.”
“Atena Faraghdani embarked on a hunger strike to protest her transfer to the deplorable Gharchak Prison, where political prisoners are not separated from hardened criminals, in violation of the principle of the separation of prisoners,” Assadollahi emphasized. “After her health deteriorated severely and she was transferred to a hospital on February 26, 2015, judicial authorities ordered her transferred back to Evin Prison on March 2, where she has been ever since.”
Assadohalli stressed that the treatment that Moghini and Faraghdani received is an act designed to intimidate political dissident’s active within the country, who have been raising awareness about the atrocities of the Islamist regime on social media sites: “The Islamist regime in Iran has enormous fear of the power of social media networks which have become very popular, especially among the younger citizens. Iran is ruled under a bunch of savage felony jihadists who are practicing and enforcing barbaric Islamist medieval sharia laws, creating fear and horror to silence the Iranian citizens.”