Date
17 December 2017
Ghoncheh Ghavami has been jailed for a year in Iran. Photo: amnesty.org.uk
Ghoncheh Ghavami has been jailed for a year in Iran. Photo: amnesty.org.uk

Iran jails woman who tried to watch men’s volleyball

Iran has sentenced a British-Iranian woman to a year in prison after she tried to watch a men’s volleyball match.

Ghoncheh Ghavami, 25, was found guilty of spreading anti-regime propaganda, her lawyer, Alizadeh Tabatabaie, said.

Iran banned women from volleyball games in 2012. The authorities have long banned women from football matches to protect them from the lewd behaviour of male fans.

Ghavami, a dual citizen who is from London, was among some women who tried to watch Iran play Italy in a match on June 20.

The women were arrested and allegedly beaten before being freed.

Ghavami was rearrested and tried. She went on a hunger strike last month after she was held in isolation cells.

Britain’s Foreign Office said: “We have concerns about the grounds for this prosecution, due process during the trial, and Miss Ghavami’s treatment whilst in custody.”

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