Iranian filmmaker was sentenced to 9 years in prison and 74 lashes for posting photos without a veil

On Tuesday the 17th, the revolutionary court in Tehran, Iran, sentenced the documentary filmmaker Mozhgan Ilanlu a nine years in prison, 74 lashes and the payment of a fine of 80 million riyalsequivalent to more than $200, for posting photos without the mandatory Islamic veil or jihab and inviting people to participate in the protests.

According to the medium shargh, it would be six years for collusion against the security of the country, 15 months for propaganda against the Islamic Republic, 15 months for public disorder and another 15 more for encouraging illegal acts. Also, Ilanlu stated that she would not be able to leave Iran and she would be unable to participate in media activities for 2 years.

As you remember, the artist was arrested in October last year after the dissemination of the photos without the veil in the streets of Tehran and calling on Iranian users to go out and protest, which was considered an incentive and support for the mobilizations after the death of Mahsa Aminiwho had also been arrested for not wearing the aforementioned clothing according to country codes in September 2022.

Ilanlu would join the list of women accused by the authorities of participating in the demonstrations. The figure rises to 2,000 people so far. Of the group, 17 received the death penalty, four were executed and hundreds of citizens were sentenced to prison, as in the case of the filmmaker.

So far, there have been no pronouncements from human rights organizations regarding the sentence of the documentary filmmaker, who broke her leg when she was detained for more than a month in Evin prison, according to international media.

Crucial impact in Europe

Following the protests over the death of Amini, whose main slogan is “Woman, life, freedom”, the Franco-Iranian professor at the University of Paris-Diderot, Azadeh Kianhe had declared to the media euronews that the case and the request for separation between religion and government had had “a crucial impact in Europe.” Several women even spoke out by publicly cutting their hair.

However, the academic stressed that it was not enough. “I think Europe has to keep talking to the Iranian authorities and ask them to stop shooting people,” she told the outlet.

Following the death of Mahsa Amini, some clerics criticized the violent tactics used by the religious or “morality” police, as it is also known, against women.