1 The daughter of former Iranian President Akbar Hashemi Rafsanjani has been charged with carrying out propaganda activities against the country and blasphemy in comments on social media, the judiciary said on Sunday.
2 “The indictment… has been issued and referred to court on the charges of propaganda activity against the system of the Islamic Republic of Iran and blasphemy,” Tehran Chief Prosecutor Ali Salehi said, according to the judicial website Mizan Online.
3 The charges relate to comments allegedly made by Faezeh Hashemi, 59, a former lawmaker and women’s rights activist, during an audio discussion on a social media forum in April.
4 Hashemi reportedly said that Iran’s demand that the Revolutionary Guards, the ideological arm of the country’s military, be removed from a US terror list was “harmful” to the country’s “national interests,” according to the local media.
5 The removal of the Guard’s terrorist designation is a key point in negotiations on restoring Tehran’s frayed 2015 nuclear deal with world powers.
6 Hashemi also made separate comments about Khadija, the wife of the Prophet Muhammad.
7 It is reported that he called Khadija a “business woman”, showing that women can also engage in economic activities, and whose money the prophet spent.
10 In 2012, she was sentenced to six months in prison on charges of “propaganda against the Islamic republic”.