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Iranian woman charged with “illegitimate sexual relationship” over handshake

By WITW Staff on September 12, 2015

A 29-year-old Iranian artist, who was sentenced to at least 12 years in prison over drawings she made that criticized the government, is now facing new charges — all over an alleged handshake she shared with her lawyer, a man. According to Amnesty International, Atena Farghadani was imprisoned over “propaganda” cartoons she drew depicting government officials as animals. During an official visit to her in prison, Farghadani’s lawyer, Mohammad Moghimi, shook her hand — a crime in Iran. Both Farghadani and Moghimi were reportedly slapped with “illegitimate sexual relationship short of adultery” and indecency charges, and are facing another trial. Farghadani has reported being strip-searched and physically and verbally abused by prison guards.

Read the full story at The Independent.