- The Washington Times - Sunday, November 2, 2014

A British-Iranian activist detained in Iran while trying to attend a men’s volleyball game has been sentenced to one year in prison for “propagating against the ruling system,” her lawyer said Sunday.

Ghoncheh Ghavami, 25, was detained June 20 while trying to attend a World League match between Iran and Italy at a stadium in Tehran, BBC News reported.

Iran banned women from volleyball games in 2012, arguing that they need protection from the lewd behavior of male fans.

Ms. Ghavami, a former student of the University of London’s School of African and Oriental Studies, was detained initially for a few hours and released, only to be arrested again a few days later.

She was held in solitary confinement at Tehran’s Evin prison, starting a hunger strike in October to protest her detainment. She stood trial last month, Fox News reported.

Britain’s Foreign Office said it was concerned about Ms. Ghavami’s sentencing.

“We have concerns about the grounds for this prosecution, due process during the trial, and Miss Ghavami’s treatment whilst in custody,” it said in a statement, BBC News reported.

Amnesty International has called for Ms. Ghavami’s immediate release. More than 700,000 people have signed an online petition urging the authorities to free her, BBC News reported.

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