Iran sentences opposition activist Arash Sadeghi to another five years in prison after his arrest during protests

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Influential Iranian opposition figure Arash Sadeghi was sentenced Thursday to another five years in prison following his arrest as part of protests in Iran over the death of young Mahsa Amini after she was arrested for violating the Islamic dress code.

The 36-year-old opponent is also banned from leaving the country and from Internet activities, as his relatives explained in statements to the ‘Shargh’ newspaper.

Sadeghi had been sentenced to 19 years in prison in 2013 and his wife, Golroj Irai, a writer, has also spent time in prison. In 2016, the activist began a hunger strike that lasted several months until his release in spring 2021. However, he was re-arrested during the latest wave of protests, which began in September 2022.

The UN and several human rights groups have been calling for his definitive release for years. Amnesty International, for its part, has called the trials against him «illegal».

Sadeghi has repeatedly criticized human rights violations in Iranian prisons and, during his imprisonment, has written letters of support to other imprisoned activists, for whom he demanded an improvement in their prison conditions and their release.