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Iran jails woman for ‘attending match’

Update : 02 Nov 2014, 08:22 PM

An Iranian-British woman detained while trying to attend a men’s volleyball game has been sentenced to one year in prison, her lawyer has said.

Mahmoud Alizadeh Tabatabaei told the Associated Press news agency on Sunday that a court found Ghoncheh Ghavami, 25, guilty of “propagating against the ruling system.”

Tabatabaei said he was shown the text of the verdict but was still waiting to officially receive it.

In a statement on Sunday, the British Foreign Office cited concerns about Ghavami’s conviction and sentence.

“We have concerns about the grounds for this prosecution, due process during the trial, and Miss Ghavami’s treatment whilst in custody,” the statement noted.

Ghavami was detained in June at Tehran’s Freedom Stadium, where Iran’s national volleyball team was to play Italy. 

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