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Iran Said Ready To Release Jailed Cartoonist Farghadani Soon

Source: RFE/RL

A lawyer for prominent jailed Iranian artist and activist Atena Farghadani has said that the authorities will soon release his client.

Atena Farghadani

Mohammad Moghimi told The Associated Press and Cartoonists Rights Network International on April 25 that an appeals court reduced Farghadani's 12-year, nine-month prison sentence to 18 months, which means "she will be freed soon."

Moghimi said the exact date for her release had not been set yet.

In June 2014, a court sentenced Farghadani for a cartoon that depicted Iranian politicians who passed a law limiting women's access to birth control as goats and monkeys.

"Eighteen months in jail for a simple satirical drawing is still an insanely harsh fine, but the international outcry against the even harsher sentence may have helped get her jail time reduced," Heidi MacDonald of said.

Based on reporting by AP and

Former French embassy staffer released on bail

Source: Radio Zamaneh

Nazak Afshar, a former staff member of the French Embassy in Tehran, was released from Evin Prison on Sunday evening, April 24.

Nazak Afshar

Mizan Khabar reported that Afshar was released on Sunday but did not indicate whether the release is temporary.

The Kaleme website later reported that Afshar was released on bail of 500 million toumans.

The release came just hours after it was announced that she had been sentenced to six years in prison. It's not yet clear what charges she faces.

Afshar left the country after the 2009 election protests, during which she had been arrested for sheltering protesters in the embassy. She was not charged and upon her release she left the country.

She was arrested in March at the Tehran airport when she returned to visit her ailing mother.

Reports indicate she was held in solitary for two days and fainted on several occasions during the interrogations.

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