Iranian Cartoonist Acquitted Of Crime Of Shaking Hands

Score one for those who said that Iran would become more moderate after the nuke deal! The International Campaign for Human Rights in Iran reports that,

Atena Faraghdani

Atena Faraghdani

Prisoner of conscience Atena Faraghdani and her lawyer, Mohammad Moghimi, have been acquitted of “illegitimate relations” for shaking hands during a prison visit.

Seriously. Acquitted of shaking hands. 

Too bad, though, that Faraghdani is still in jail for posting some drawings on facebook.

A recipient of the Cartoonists Rights Network International’s 2015 Courage in Cartooning Award,  Faraghdani has been sentenced to 12 years and nine months in prison for a drawing she posted on Facebook showing members of the legislature with animal heads. She was expressing her criticism of a bill outlawing voluntary sterilization and restricting access to birth control.

She was sentenced by Judge Salavati of Branch 15 of the Revolutionary Court on January 10, 2015, for “assembly and collusion against national security,” “propaganda against the state,” and “insulting the Supreme Leader, the President, Members of the Parliament, and the IRGC [Revolutionary Guards] Ward 2-A agents” who interrogated her.

“The Appeals Court heard my daughter’s case on December 20, [2015,] and we are waiting for the decision. I beg the judicial officials to decide quickly. . . . This long indecision is harming the prisoner and her family,” Faraghdani’s mother told the Campaign.

See? Totally moderating.



A Zionist in exile, Mirabelle has, in past lives, been a lawyer, a skier, and a chef. Outside of Israel, her favorite place in the world is Sun Valley, Idaho.