Regarding “27 Year Sentence”

Reports that Karan and Afarin have received 27 and 16 year sentences have surfaced.

The truth is

  • After 18 months imprisonment, 5 months with no access to a lawyer, and 1 month of solitary confinement, there has been no official sentence.
  • Karan and Afarin have been repeatedly misled and coerced while in Evin: They were separated and told to spy on one another, they were coerced into changing lawyers on more than one occasion.
  • The Judiciary will attempt to use Article 989 of the Civil Penal Code, which is vague and arcane at best, and should worry any businessperson working in Iran.
  • There is evidence from multiple trusted sources that the Judiciary plans to sentence Karan and Afarin to 27 and 16 years

Cyrus Vafadari