The daughter of Iran’s former president Akbar Hashemi Rafsanjani was charged with carrying out propaganda activity against the country and blasphemy in social media, the judiciary said Sunday.
“The indictment… has been issued and referred to the court on the charges of propaganda activity against the system of the Islamic Republic of Iran and blasphemy,” Tehran’s chief prosecutor Ali Salehi said.
Faezeh Hashemi, 59, is a former lawmaker and a women’s rights activist. The charges are connected to her comments reportedly made during an audio debate on a social media forum in April.
Hashemi is reported to have said that Iran’s demand for the Revolutionary Guards to be removed from a US terror list was “damaging” to the country’s “national interests,” according to local media.
Removal of the terror designation of the Guards is a key sticking point in negotiations over restoring Tehran’s frayed 2015 nuclear deal with world powers.