Strange ways of the law in Iran saw four women being sentenced to imprisonment of 91 days and 30 lashes of whip. Their main crime was their participation in a gathering in support of the prisoner of conscience Mohammad Ali Taheri.
Their trial was held on May 13, 2017.
Those convicted were identified as Nahid Babazadeh, Baharak Azarnia, Zahra Shafii and Melika Kavandi.
According to reports coming in, most of those arrested in the gathering were badly beaten up at the time of arrest.
However, apparently this ‘punishment’ was lessened to 91 days from 3 years “in light of their young age and the absence of any criminal precedent.”
Observers relate the “leniency” to the election days in Iran when the regime avoids any form of backlash which could spark popular protests.