Career

Facebook activist

Charges

Gathering information to act against national security
Insulting the sacred

Sentence

20 Years

Date of Birth

1966

Place of Birth

Iran

Status

In prison

Roya Saberinezhad Nobakht In prison

Roya Saberinejad Nobakht, an Iranian-born British citizen, is being held in the Women’s Ward at Evin Prison for postings on Facebook. In October 2013, she travelled to Iran to visit relatives but was arrested upon her arrival at Shiraz airport.
The Independent, a British newspaper, reported that Nobakht and her husband Dariush Taghipoor “have lived in the Stockport suburb of Heald Green for the past six years and have both been granted dual British-Iranian nationality.

Roya Saberinejad Nobakht, an Iranian-born British citizen, is being held in the Women’s Ward at Evin Prison for postings on Facebook. In October 2013, she travelled to Iran to visit relatives but was arrested upon her arrival at Shiraz airport.

She was taken to Tehran and charged with "gathering and participation with intent to commit crime against national security" and "insulting Islamic sanctities".

She was sentenced to 20 years in prison by Branch 28 of the Revolutionary Court presided over by Judge Moghisei.

The Independent, a British newspaper, reported that Nobakht and her husband Dariush Taghipoor “have lived in the Stockport suburb of Heald Green for the past six years and have both been granted dual British-Iranian nationality. Mrs. Nobakht had previously been a student at Stockport College, but a spokeswoman said today she had left four years ago.”

According to the Independent, her husband Dariush Taghipoor told a family friend in England that his wife was arrested over comments she made on a Facebook group about the government in which she said it was "too Islamic" and that she was only charged after a confession was extracted from her "under duress." International human rights groups have called for her release but it is currently unknown whether she will even be granted an appeal.

It is reported she has lost significant weight while being in prison.

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