The sentence comes after she was found guilty of participating in anti-government protests following Iran’s admission of guilt in the downing of a Ukranian passenger plane.
Mary has not appealed the verdict, calling Iran’s appeal courts “affirmative tribunals.” She told Article18:
“There was no evidence against me, so I ought to have been acquitted, but instead I was sentenced not only to imprisonment, but also flogging.
“And it should be mentioned that even before the verdict was handed down, I and my family were forced to endure all kinds of torture, none of which was sanctioned by law, and which ought to be considered crimes in themselves. So even if I would have been acquitted, it wouldn’t have been a real acquittal!”
Article18 reported that during the hearing, the judge questioned her about her religious views, even though the charges were unrelated to her faith.
The judge cited no evidence against her, saying that her presence in the area where the rally was taking place was “evidence in itself.”