By Kayhan Life Staff
The Iranian authorities have accused Narges Mohammadi, an Iranian human rights activist and vice president of the Tehran-based Defenders of Human Rights Center, of spying for Saudi Arabia, her husband Taghi Rahmani has said in a tweet.
Mr. Rahmani added that prison authorities were holding Mohammadi in solitary confinement.
“I will not attend any court hearing. I have done nothing that warrants a court trial,” Rahmani tweeted, quoting his wife. “I am in solitary confinement and have been interrogated since Nov. 22.”
Rahmani added that in addition to her previous charges, “she has been accused of spying for Saudi Arabia and being nominated for a Nobel Prize.”
Mohammadi was arrested while commemorating the second anniversary of the death of Ebrahim Ketabdar. She was later handed a custodial 30-month prison sentence and 80 lashes and ordered to pay two separate fines.
Ebrahim Ketabdar was a 35-year-old father of two who was killed by security forces during the violent nationwide protests in Iran. Ketabdar, who was not involved in the protests, was shot as he walked out of his house on Nov. 16, 2019, in Karaj, 51 miles northwest of capital Tehran.
In an earlier tweet, Rahmani said the prosecutor’s office at Tehran’s Evin Prison considered all human rights activities of his wife a violation of her release and an offense. This included attending memorial services for victims of the November 2019 protests, lighting candles for those who perished in the downing of the Ukrainian commercial flight PS752 in January 2020, publishing her book “White Torture,” disseminating reports on the abuse of women prisoners, singing the song “Tulips Grow Where the Blood of the Country’s Youth Has Fallen” in memory of those who died in the November protests, being a member of the Defenders of Human Rights Center, and ignoring the court’s ruling.
Mohammadi was released from prison in September 2020 after serving five years, but was arrested again in May 2021 and charged with “propaganda against the state, staging sit-ins in the prison office, challenging prison authorities, breaking prison windows and extremism.” She was handed a custodial 30-month prison sentence and 80 lashes and ordered to pay two separate fines.
On Dec. 27, the website “solitary confinement is torture” was launched to support Narges Mohammadi, calling for her immediate release from solitary confinement.