Khamenei’s niece jailed for 3 years

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The niece of Iran’s Supreme Leader Ali Khamenei has been sentenced to three years in prison for her support for the ongoing anti-regime protests taking place across Iran.

Farideh Moradkhani, an outspoken critic of the Islamic Republic, was arrested in November.

She even called on the international community to cut ties with Tehran, wrote Moradkhani’s lawyer, Mohammad Hossein Aghasi, on Twitter.

Aghasi also said that his client was initially sentenced to 15 years in prison, but after an appeal, Moradkhani’s sentence was reduced.

He also noted that the outspoken critic was tried by Iran’s Special Clerical Court, a body independent of the country’s judiciary tasked with prosecuting clerics and answers only to the supreme leader.

Moradkhani’s lawyer explained that the court has no jurisdiction over his client’s case given she is not a cleric.—AN