Iranian woman 'sentenced to 20 years in prison' for removing headscarf in protest

Demonstrator says she was jailed for 'opposing the compulsory hijab' and 'waving a white flag of peace in the street'

Samuel Osborne
Tuesday 10 July 2018 11:59
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Police in Iran arrested 29 people in February for removing their headscarves as part of a campaign known as 'White Wednesdays' (file picture)
Police in Iran arrested 29 people in February for removing their headscarves as part of a campaign known as 'White Wednesdays' (file picture)

An Iranian woman says she has been sentenced to 20 years in prison for removing her compulsory Islamic headscarf out of protest.

Shaparak Shajarizadeh said she had been jailed for "opposing the compulsory hijab" and "waving a white flag of peace in the street" in a post on her personal website.

There was no immediate comment from Iranian officials.

A spokesperson for the Iranian embassy in London could not confirm the claim, and directed The Independent to Iranian judicial sources, who have been contacted for comment.

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In February, police in Iran arrested 29 people for removing their headscarves as part of a campaign known as "White Wednesdays."

Nasrin Sotoudeh, a prominent human rights lawyer who represented Ms Shajarizadeh and other women, was arrested last month.

Ms Shajarizadeh, 42, was subject to torture and beatings after her arrest, her lawyer said, according to Amnesty International.

She was released on bail in late April. Her current whereabouts were unknown.

In Iran, women showing their hair in public face penalties ranging from a $25 (£19) fine to prison time.

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