Popular Iranian poet issued suspended prison sentence
Summary of story from International Campaign for Human Rights in Iran, August 23, 2011
On August 16 the Revolutionary Court in Iran gave Hilla Sadighi, a young poet whose critical and political poems are admired by many, a five year suspended sentence of four months in prison.
A day before her court appearance, she wrote on her Facebook page: “Revolutionary Court, I, [my] heart’s belief, the Judge, accusations, the onlooking God, and your well-wishing prayers…”
The young poet, who was active in Mir Hossein Mousavi’s 2009 presidential election campaign, was summoned to the Intelligence Ministry after the elections unrest in December 2010 and questioned for between ten and 12 hours each day.
After being interrogated, she wrote on her Facebook page that she would prefer to remain silent and wait for the court to convene.