Committee of Human Rights Reporters – Journalist and former student activist Nasim Soltan Beigi who was on furlough for 25 days, was granted a pardon on April 11th when she went back to prison intending to serve the remainder of her prison term.
According to CHRR, imprisoned journalist Nasim Soltan Beigi was granted furlough for Nowruz on orders of judicial authorities on Monday March 18th. Soltan Beigi who has two previous arrests has worked for various news agencies including Shargh and Arman.
On November 30, 2010, Branch 15 of the Revolutionary Court handed the journalist and former student activist a 6-year prison sentence; 3 years on the charge of “acting against national security,” one year for “propaganda against the regime,” and a 2-year suspended term stemming from a prior arrest in 2006. Soltan Beigi appealed this ruling and it was sent to the Appeals Court.
Nasim Soltan Beigi was a leftist student who was among those arrested in a widespread crackdown on student activists in November 2007. She spent 56 days behind bars in ward 209 of Evin prison before being released on bail. She had previously been arrested on June 12, 2006 at a rally of women activists and at that time was handed a 2-year suspended prison sentence.