Iranian-British national, Ghoncheh Qavami, released on bail


Ghoncheh Qavami has been freed on bail until the appeals court hands down the final verdict.

Iranian-British national, Ghoncheh Qavami, has been released on bail in the Iranian capital Tehran, her mother says.

In an interview with the Iranian Students’ News Agency (ISNA) Susan Moshtaqian, Ghoncheh Qavami’s mother, confirmed on Sunday that a judge had set bail at one billion rials (about $ 37,000).

This comes days after Tehran Prosecutor’s Office rejected media propaganda on reasons behind the arrest of Qavami, saying she had been taken into custody for her anti-Iran activities.

Moshtaqian went on to say that “my daughter is freed until the appeals court issues the final verdict.”

She added that Bench 26 of the Islamic Revolution Court has sentenced Qavami to one year in jail and an additional two-year restriction on leaving Iran on charge of “propaganda against the [Islamic Republic] establishment.”

In a statement issued on Tuesday, the judicial body dismissed foreign media reports that the 25-year-old woman had been detained for merely trying to attend a men’s volleyball game at a stadium in Tehran, calling such reports irrelevant to Qavami’s case.

Investigations show that Qavami had a role in anti-Iran activities, said the statement, adding, she also “attended gatherings and demonstrations against the [Islamic] establishment.”

According to the statement, the defendant also faces charges of having links to the programmers and promoters of anti-Iran satellite channels, including BBC Persian.

Police had also seized a cellphone from her, which contained several photos and videos related to the elements behind the 2009 post-election unrest in Iran, added the statement.

Emad Askarieh has worked as a journalist since 2002. The main focus of his work is foreign policy and world diplomacy. He started his career at Iran Front Page Media Group, and is currently serving as the World Editor and the Vice-President for Executive Affairs at the Iran Front Page (IFP) news website.


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