Sunday, November 04, 2007
Iran: Delaram Ali to Receive Lashings and Serve Prison Term of 2 Years 6 MonthsDelaram Ali to Receive Lashings and Serve Prison Term of 2 Years 6 Months
Sunday 4 November 2007
Change for Equality: November 4, 2007: In an unprecedented and unexpected development Delaram Ali was sentenced to 2 years and 6 months and 10 lashing in appeals court. Delaram Ali was tried originally on 29 May 2007 for her participation in the June 12, 2006 protest in support of women's rights in Hafte Tir Square which was violently broken up by police. Delaram was beaten severely during this protest, dragged on the ground by several police officers and subsequently arrested (see picture above). She suffered a broken arm as a result of these severe beatings. Complaints were filed against police for use of excessive force and violence during the protest, by a number of women including Delaram. Last month though the judiciary found the police innocent in the case, and instead has now upheld a substantial portion of Delaram's original sentence through an appeals court ruling.
In her original trial Delaram was sentenced to 2 years and ten months prison term and 20 lashings, which was reduced to 2 years and 6 months and ten lashings in a ruling issued by the appeals court announced this morning. The courts have contacted Delaram in regards to implementing her sentence by the end of the week.
Iranian women's rights defenders appeal to the national and international community to take swift action condemning the unjust ruling of the court in the case of Delaram Ali.