An Iranian teen has been sentenced to a decade in prison a year after she was arrested over her social media activity.

Sahar Tabar, 19, whose real name is Fatemeh Khishvand, amassed almost 500,000 Instagram followers after sharing heavily distorted images of herself online.

That was until she was arrested and charged with blasphemy, inciting violence, gaining income through inappropriate means and encouraging youths to corruption, The Guardian reports.

She was later cleared of two of the four charges against her.

An Iranian woman has been sentenced to a decade in prison a year after she was arrested for sharing images online.
An Iranian woman has been sentenced to a decade in prison a year after she was arrested for sharing images online. Credit: Instagram

The teen has denied reports that she underwent surgery to look like Hollywood actress Angelina Jolie and instead claims her look is created using makeup and photoshop to edit the images “as a joke”.

In April, she asked to be freed after purportedly contracting COVID-19, a request that was denied by a judge.

Her lawyer reportedly confirmed this week that his client was handed a 10-year jail term.

‘Cries every day’

Iranian journalist Masih Alinejad said the teen’s mum “cries every day to get her innocent daughter freed”, before calling on actor Angelina Jolie, whom Tabar resembles, to campaign for her release.

“Islamic Republic has a history of tormenting women. We need to be united against this gender apartheid,” she tweeted.

Tabar, in an earlier interview with state media, expressed regret over the posts, sharing that while her mother had told her to stop, but “I didn’t listen”.





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