(IranBriefing Human Rights Service): Student activist and former secretary of the Islamic Council at Sharif University, Tara Sepehrifar, has been sentenced to 7 years in prison and 74 lashes. IranBriefing reports that this student activist’s case was conducted by the 26th Branch of the Revolutionary Court and presided over by Judge Pir Abbas. This indicates that even her lawyer could not contribute to this trial and the court issued Sepehrifar’s sentence in absentia.
Miss Sepehrifar is now accused of conspiring and rallying against national security. She is also accused of disrupting public order (for which she must serve 1 year in prison and be lashed 74 times) and publicizing against the regime (an additional 1 year in prison). Also, the Tehran public prosecutor has seized the bail paid in Spring 2010 for her release. It is necessary to note that Tara Sepehrifar was arrested twice during the post-election protests in Iran. She was arrested for the first time in July 2009 and spent one week in Evin Prison. Her second arrest occurred on 9th February 2010, and after spending more than one month in prison, she was released on bail days before the Persian New Year.