22-year-old Social media star, Sahar Tabar, has contracted coronavirus in prison and is currently on ventilator.
Sahar Tabar whose real name is Fatemeh Khishvand from Iran, who says she looks like Hollywood actress, Angelina Jolie, was arrested in October on charges including blasphemy, inciting violence, gaining income through inappropriate means and encouraging youths to corruption.
She was detained on the orders of Tehran’s guidance court, which deals with ‘cultural crimes and social and moral corruption’.
Sahar Tabar is said to be seriously ill after she contracted Coronavirus in prison.
The US-based Center For Human Rights In Iran said a judge in the country refused to grant her bail after her lawyers had asked for her to be released amid the country’s severe COVID-19 outbreak.
‘We find it unacceptable that this young woman has now caught the coronavirus in these circumstances while her detention order has been extended during all this time in jail,’ human rights lawyer Payam Derafshan told the organization.
Mr. Derafshan said it had become a ‘habit’ for the authorities to ‘deny everything’ after they claimed Sahar had not caught the illness.
‘It makes no sense to deny this. The prison director should acknowledge the infection and admit she has been hospitalized,’ he said.
He added that Sahar and other inmates who have been put in prison on non-violent charges should also be released because of the outbreak.