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Journalist Challenges "Strange Sentence" by Iranian Judiciary

Source: Radio Zamaneh

In an open letter to Tehran's prosecutor, Jila Bani-Yaghoub, Iranian journalist who was recently sentenced to one year in prison and 30 years ban from journalism, lists the irregularities in her sentencing and urges him to review her case.

Jila Bani-Yaghoub

Bani-Yaghoub says Tehran prosecutor had told her before that her 30 years ban was a "strange sentence" and would not stand in the appeals court.

Kaleme website reports Bani-Yaghoub says in her letter that the prosecutor told her: "This sentence is inconsistent with legal standards and will not stand in the appeals court."

However, the sentence did in effect pass in the appeals court and Bani-Yaghoub was condemned to one year in prison and 30 years ban from journalism last week.

Bani-Yaghoub urges Tehran's prosecutor to take action against this "unfair verdict."

She maintains that amongst the evidence against her was the fact that "one or two European universities had offered me scholarships which I actually turned down? Is this a crime?"

She adds: "When I was working with the reformist newspapers, they were approved by government bodies and had legal permits for their activities. Should I have refrained from collaborating with them through a prediction of their future shut down?"

Bani-Yaghoub also adds that she has been sentenced on the basis of being presented as the writer of a certain article entitled: "Parliament of Harems and Harem-dwellers."

The condemned journalist indicates that she is by no means the author of this article although her name has been mentioned in the article by the actual writer.

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