According to the semi-official ISNA news agency, British-Iranian woman named Ghoncheh Ghavami, who was jailed for watching a men’s volleyball match live from the stadium has been released by the Iranian authorities on bail yesterday.

The report quoted Ghavami’s mother Sousan Moshtaghian as saying a judge released her daughter on nearly $30,000 bail ahead of an appeal. Sousan said “My daughter has insisted in the initial court that she is not guilty. We are hopeful that she will be acquitted in the appeal court.”

Ghavami was detained in June after trying to attend a men’s volleyball match between Iran and Italy, in defiance of a push by hard-liners to enact full gender segregation. The case highlighted limitations placed on women inside Iran and efforts by hard-line authorities to enforce strict interpretations of Islamic norms despite a policy of greater openness being pursued by moderate President Hassan Rouhani. The mother said Ghavami will be free until an appeals court rules on her case. She confirmed that an initial ruling had sentenced Ghavami to a year in prison for “propagating against the ruling system.” She said the family plans to hire a new lawyer for the appeal. The judiciary has said her case is linked to opposition work, not a volleyball match. 


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