Iranian journalist’s 10-year sentence condemned

Narges Mohammadi
Updated 30 September 2016
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Iranian journalist’s 10-year sentence condemned

PARIS: Reporters Without Borders (RSF) late on Wednesday condemned a decision by an Iranian appeals court to uphold a 10-year jail sentence against journalist and human rights activist Narges Mohammadi.
Mohammadi, 44, is one of Iran’s best-known journalists and was awarded the City of Paris medal earlier this year for her work as a defender of women’s rights.
She was the spokesperson of the Center for Human Rights Defenders and campaigned for an end to the death penalty in Iran.
Initially arrested in May 2015, the mother-of-two was sentenced to a total of 16 years in April, according to a statement from RSF.
Under a law passed last year, she will only serve the sentence linked to the most important charge — in this case 10 years for “forming and managing an illegal group” which pressed for an end to capital punishment.
RSF said her lawyers received the news as her colleague, 2003 Nobel peace laureate Shirin Ebadi who founded the Center for Human Rights Defenders, was meeting with Paris mayor Anne Hidalgo and RSF secretary general Christophe Deloire in the French capital.
“I condemn this sentence imposed by the Iranian judicial system as Narges’s only crime is to be a human rights defender in a country that flouts these rights,” Ebadi told RSF.
Mohammadi went on hunger strike in June after being denied phone contact with her children, who live with their father in France. The authorities relented after 20 days of the hunger strike.
There has yet to be any official confirmation of the appeal court verdict from within Iran.
Iran was this year ranked 169th out of 180 countries in RSF’s World Press Freedom index.


Iraqi warplanes hit Daesh targets in Syria, killing 28

Updated 17 August 2018
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Iraqi warplanes hit Daesh targets in Syria, killing 28

IRBIL, Iraq: Iraqi security officials say Iraq’s air force carried out two airstrikes targeting Daesh group inside Syria, killing at least 28 Daesh militants.
They say one of the two airstrikes by F-16s targeted a meeting of would-be suicide bombers who intended to strike in Iraq during next week’s Muslim Eid Al-Adha holiday.
About 20 militants were killed in that airstrike, while eight died in the second one. Both targets were inside Syria near the Iraqi border.
Iraq announced the strikes on Thursday but details on targets and casualties only emerged on Friday. The statement said the targets were identified by the Eagles Cell, Iraq’s top counterterrorism agency.
The officials spoke on condition of anonymity because they were not authorized to talk to the media.