Thursday, April 3, 2014

Iranians To Execute British Woman For Her Comments About Iran's Government On Facebook?

From The Telegraph.

British woman jailed in Iran 'fears execution'

Roya Saberi Negad Nobakht was jailed for posting derogatory comments about the Iranian government on Facebook

Concerns are growing for a British woman imprisoned in Iran after her husband said he feared she was facing execution.

Roya Saberi Negad Nobahkt, 47, was arrested during a visit to see family in Iran five months ago and jailed after posting derogatory comments about the government on Facebook.

She has been charged with "insulting Islamic sanctities", a crime that can carry the death penalty, and is being held in the notoriously harsh Evin prison in Teheran.

Her husband Daryoush Taghipoor, who is currently in Iran, said she confessed to the crime "under duress".

Mr Taghipoor told the Manchester Evening News: "She has lost three stone and is frightened, she is scared the government will kill her."

The Foreign Office told the Independent newspaper it is "urgently" looking into her case, but Britain currently has no embassy in Iran, complicating any negotiations.

The couple, from Stockport, have dual British-Iranian nationality.

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