Iran General NewsPlease forgive me, begs British woman facing lashes over...

Please forgive me, begs British woman facing lashes over ‘subversion’ in Iran


ImageThe Times: A British national has begged forgiveness from an Iranian revolutionary court after being put on trial in Tehran for subversive activities, Iranian websites reported yesterday. The Times

Martin Fletcher

ImageA British national has begged forgiveness from an Iranian revolutionary court after being put on trial in Tehran for subversive activities, Iranian websites reported yesterday.

An unidentified woman, 24, the daughter of a British mother and Iranian father, has admitted some of the charges against her including encouraging and attending demonstrations, consorting with foreigners and drinking alcohol, government and opposition websites said.

The Foreign and Commonwealth Office has asked the Iranian Government for clarification of the reports, and that the woman be given consular assistance if true. That is unlikely to be granted, though, because Iran does not recognise dual nationality.

Relations between London and Tehran are already under strain. The Iranian regime has accused Britain of fomenting the worst unrest in its 31-year history, arrested Iranians working for the British Embassy and expelled the BBC’s correspondent.

The woman, who was born in Manchester but is believed to teach English in Tehran, is one of sixteen opposition supporters who went on trial late last week for allegedly plotting against the regime and conspiring with Iran’s foreign enemies.

The Jaras opposition website said that she had been charged with espionage, undermining state security by encouraging anti-government demonstrations, disseminating propaganda against the Islamic Republic, insulting its leaders, using a satellite dish and having immoral relations with employees of the German Embassy.

Five of the 16 face execution for the crime of moharebeh, or waging war against God. The British woman is not believed to be facing the death penalty but Farahmand Alipour, a Jaras journalist, said that she was likely to be whipped and imprisoned.

The regime is handing out draconian penalties in an attempt to deter a demonstration scheduled for the anniversary of the Iranian revolution next Thursday.

The woman admitted attending demonstrations after Mahmoud Ahma- dinejad’s victory in last June’s hotly disputed presidential election. She said she thought that attending the protest was “the right thing to do”.

She said that she had drunk alcohol, but only once when forced to do so by her aunt in Britain.

She allegedly told the court: “I ask for forgiveness from the Supreme Leader and the respected judge. Since I was arrested, I have learnt a lot and changed a lot and I am full of regret.”

Latest news

Desperation and Unemployment Are Causing High Suicides Rates Among Youths in Iran

The sharp focus has recently been turned on Iran, once again, because of many bitter events. One such event...

Outcome of Iran Regime’s Corruption, High Number of Deaths in Natural Disasters

Sometimes numbers lose their mathematical meaning and become heralds of disasters. The number of 200 deaths in the village...

Iran Regime’s Oil Revenue Supports Terrorism

On August 2, John Kirby, the US National Security Council Coordinator for Strategic Communications at the White House, stated...

From Flash Floods to Socioeconomic Crises, Iran’s Regime Leaves Destruction in Its Wake

During the trial of Hamid Noury, one of the Iranian regime’s perpetrators in the 1988 massacre, the victims and...

Iran’s Regime Faces a Critical Infiltration Crisis

One of the main challenges faced by the Iranian regime over the past couple of years is the top-level...

Iran: The Unseen Threats of Reviving the JCPOA

In a recent announcement, the Iranian regime has admitted that is considering building a new ‘research reactor’ at its...

Must read

Text of P5+1 nuclear package of incentives offered to Iran

Iran Focus: London, Jul. 18 - The following are...

Iran seen trying new path to a bomb

Wall Street Journal: Iran could begin producing weapons-grade plutonium...

You might also likeRELATED
Recommended to you