Saturday, January 25, 2014

Fatemeh Hashemi Sentenced to Six-Month Suspended Jail Term

Tehran’s Revolutionary Court today sentenced Fatemeh Hashemi, 39, the daughter of the former president Ayatollah Hashemi Rafsanjani, to a six-month suspended jail term, IRNA reported today.

The revolutionary court’s Orwellian charge against her was “spreading lies about authorities.” The media reported that she had “spread lies” about Larijani brothers. The three brothers are the speaker of Majlis, the head of the Judiciary, and the head of government’s Human Rights Commission.

Faezeh Hashemi, another of Rafsanjani's daughters, was arrested and imprisoned in late 2012 for six months for “propaganda against the regime.”

File photo: Fatemeh Hashemi (IRNA)


Anonymous said...

a disgusting prosecution from a disgraceful dictatorship

Anonymous said...

They are all cut from the same dirty stinking cloth. They are simply rivaling one another like Hyenas trying to bite off each others tails.

Anonymous said...

I don't support this family because I hate the whole lot of them. But to be honest hasn't it been 35 years since the so-called revolution for them to still hold "revolutionary courts"?

Mark Pyruz said...

A better translation for “spreading lies about authorities" than "orwellian" would be "defamation of character."

Here in our country, the United States, this is not a criminal offense but subject to civil law (unless you're defaming the beef industry, which is a criminal offense). That said, in a number of Western nations, defamation of character is subject to criminal law.

She's fortunate Rouhani won the election and her daddy's political star wasn't sunk for good, hence the slap on the wrist of a suspended sentence.

Nader Uskowi said...

Orwellian is closer to truth: A "revolutionary" court (35 years after the revolution) bringing criminal charges against her for "spreading lies about authorities." (BTW, the English translation you have objected to is by the country's own official news agency!)

In contemporary world, the citizens are allowed to criticize their elected or non-elected officials. At worst cases, a civil suit by an individual subjected to defamation could be brought against the defendant if the criticism was not related to the individual official duties. The government, especially a "revolutionary" court, does not bring criminal charges against the defendant. No comparison here. Orwellian comparison is closer to the truth.

And all this because most probably the defendant was the daughter of Rafsanjani, not the most popular politician among the hard right who control the country's revolutionary courts.

B.M.A said...


Another manifestation that impunity is dead and buried in Iran.