A loved-up Iranian couple who appeared in a video dancing that enraged the Islamic state’s government was given a sentence of more than 10 years in prison.
The video shows Astiyazh Haghighi, 21, and her fiancé Amir Mohammad Ahmad, 22, dancing passionately in front of Tehran’s iconic Azadi Tower.
According to Agence France-Presse, they were caught in early November since women are not permitted to dance in public in Iran, much less with a male.
Haghighi also appeared in the video without a headscarf, in solidarity with protests over the September death of Mahsa Amini, 22, after her arrest for not abiding by strict hijab rules.
Haghighi and her beau were this week each sentenced to 10 1/2 years in prison by a revolutionary court in Tehran, the US-based Human Rights Activists News Agency (HRANA) said.
The couple — both popular on Instagram — were convicted of “encouraging corruption and public prostitution” as well as “gathering with the intention of disrupting national security,” the court stated.
They were also banned from using the internet and from leaving Iran, the reports said.
Sources close to their families said they’d been deprived of lawyers during the court proceedings, AFP said.
Haghighi is reportedly in the notorious Qarchak prison for women outside Tehran, whose conditions are regularly condemned by activists, AFP said.
It was just the latest crackdown on those protesting the regime’s brutality against women that has seen at least 14,000 arrests, according to the United Nations.-Source