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Iran Said Ready To Release Jailed Cartoonist Farghadani Soon


An attorney for Iranian cartoonist Atena Farghadani says she may be released from jail soon.

An attorney for Iranian cartoonist Atena Farghadani says she may be released from jail soon.

A lawyer for prominent jailed Iranian artist and activist Atena Farghadani has said that the authorities will soon release his client.

Mohammad Moghimi told The Associated Press and Cartoonists Rights Network International on April 25 that an appeals court reduced Farghadani's 12-year, nine-month prison sentence to 18 months, which means "she will be freed soon."

Moghimi said the exact date for her release had not been set yet.

In June 2014, a court sentenced Farghadani for a cartoon that depicted Iranian politicians who passed a law limiting women's access to birth control as goats and monkeys.

"Eighteen months in jail for a simple satirical drawing is still an insanely harsh fine, but the international outcry against the even harsher sentence may have helped get her jail time reduced," Heidi MacDonald of Comicsbeat.com said.

Based on reporting by AP and Comicsbeat.com
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