TEHRAN — A vocal female human rights activist and journalist went on trial in Iran Saturday on charges including “warring against God,” which is punishable by death, her lawyer was reported as saying.
Shiva Nazar-Ahari, 26, went on trial “on charges of Moharebeh (warring against God), conspiring and gathering to commit a crime, propaganda against the regime and harming public order,” lawyer Mohammad Sharif told ILNA news agency.
“After presenting the last defence, the end of the trial was declared,” he said. “We are awaiting the verdict and I am not pessimistic about the fate of the case.”
Sharif did not offer further details and could not be reached by AFP for comment.
But Kaleme.com, the website of opposition leader Mir Hossein Mousavi, said Nazar-Ahari, jailed since December 2009, had also been charged with ties with the exiled opposition People’s Mujahedeen of Iran (PMOI), the Tehran regime’s most hated foe.
“In the court, she expressed repulsion at this organisation (PMOI), denied any links with them and dismissed the accusation as completely baseless,” the website said.