Iran files charges against Iranian-British woman

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Posted: Nov 18, 2014 5:04 AM

TEHRAN, Iran (AP) — Iran's judiciary said authorities detained an Iranian-British woman because of her links to the opposition, not for attending a volleyball match, the semi-official ISNA news agency reported on Tuesday.

The report quoted a statement by the Tehran prosecutor's office as saying Ghoncheh Ghavami was active in opposition protests against the ruling establishment abroad, and was in contact with foreign satellite channels such as the BBC Farsi service — which is banned by the Iranian government because of its alleged role in fomenting tensions in the country.

Ghavami was detained in June after trying to attend a men's volleyball match between Iran and Italy, in defiance of hardliners' push for gender-segregation.

This is the first time that Iran has officially filed charges against Ghavami. Earlier in November, her lawyer said he had been shown a draft of the verdict sentencing Ghavami, 25, to one year in prison for "propagating against the ruling system."

But no verdict or sentence has since been issued. The prosecutor's statement did not refer to any conviction for Ghavami and said her case still is under review.