Daughter of Iran’s former president faces trial over social media comments
The daughter of former Iranian President Akbar Hashemi Rafsanjani faces prosecution for social media comments about the Revolutionary Guards and the Prophet Muhammad, a court announced on Tuesday.
Faezeh Hashemi, 59, is “summoned by the prosecutor for these two cases”, justice spokesman Zabihollah Khodayian said at a press conference, quoted by the service’s Mizan Online site.
Khodayian referred to “Faezeh Hashemi’s remarks on sanctions against revolutionary institutions and insulting the Prophet”.
Hashemi, a former lawmaker and women’s rights activist, argued in mid-April during an audio debate on a social media forum that Iran’s demand for the guards to be removed from a US terrorist list was “prejudicial” to the country’s “national interests,” according to local media.
Stripping the terrorist designation is a key demand from Tehran in stalled negotiations over restoring its frayed 2015 nuclear deal with world powers.
And in a video posted separately on social media, Hashemi said that Khadija, the wife of the Prophet Muhammad, was “a business woman”, but added with a smile that he had continued to “waste money ” of his wife.
It was “a joke… with no intention of insulting,” she later stressed, the official IRNA news agency reported.
Hashemi’s late father was a moderate who advocated improving ties with the West and the United States.
Hashemi was arrested and sentenced to six months in prison at the end of 2012 for “propaganda against the Islamic Republic”.