In June 2019 Sara Ahmadi was arrested by Iranian intelligence officials, along with her husband Homayoun Zhaveh, as they were on vacation with friends. Sara was accused of leading a house-church, and her husband, who suffers from advanced Parkinson’s disease, was accused of being a member of it. She spent over a month in solitary confinement, and was subjected to extreme psycholgical torture while detained.
In November 2020, Sara was sentenced at Branch 26 of the Revolutionary Court of Tehran, to eight years in prison for “founding or leading an organization that aims to disrupt national security”, and three years for “membership of a house church”, and her husband was sentenced to two years in prison for “membership of a house church”. In December 2020, Sara’s sentence was reduced to eight years in prison.
Sara appealed her sentence but in June 2021 she was informed that the Supreme Court had rejected her appeal for retrial. On August 13, 2022 she began serving her sentence.
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