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On April 3, 2012, human rights activist and Mourning Mothers (Laleh Park Mothers) supporter, Mansoureh Behkish, was sentenced to four and a half years in prison, on charges of assembly and collusion against national security through propaganda against the establishment.

On her conviction, Mansoureh Behkish told Jaras, “On 3rd of April they informed me of my sentence, I am now waiting for the Court of Appeals ruling. As you know, they do not allow proper defense in court but I did speak in court and defended myself. The Prosecution’s representative was in court also, he was eating snacks and repeatedly asking for maximum penalty.”

Behkish adds, “They asked, what were you doing at Neda Agha Soltan’s grave site? I told them is it a crime to visit someone’s grave site? This is not something new for me, I have been visiting my loved ones graves for thirty years.

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