Iran: Two women on dry hunger strike in protest to being in state of limbo

Melika Kavandi and Zahra Shafii

Two pupils of the jailed leader of a mysticism group, have gone on dry hunger strike since September 19, 2017.
Melika Kavandi and Zahra Shafii Dehaghani had been arrested 23 days before outside the Evin Prison when they were protesting the death sentence issued for the prisoner of conscience Mohammad Ali Taheri.
They were subsequently taken to Shahr-e Ray Prison and detained there without being informed of their charges and determination of the status of their case.
The two were arrested in a rally held outside Tehran’s Revolutionary Court in protest to the death sentence handed down to prisoner of conscience Mohammad-Ali Taheri, founder of Cosmic Mysticism (Erfan-e Halgheh) who had completed his five-year sentence. Officials refused to release him and now the court has issued him a death sentence.
Taheri’s lawyer, Mahmoud Alizadeh Tabatabaii, announced on Sunday, August 27, that his client had received a death sentence and that they would appeal.

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