An Iranian court has sentenced to long terms of imprisonment the owner of the Tehran gallery of Karan Vafadari possessing the nationality of Iran and the United States, and his wife, architect Afarin Nassar.
As reported, the opposition Centre for human rights in Iran, they were detained by members of the Islamic revolutionary guard Corps and Julia in 2016 at the International airport of Tehran.
Initially, the blame was imputed to them organising parties where allowed free communication of men and women, and was served alcoholic drinks. However, Karin and Afarin – Zoroastrian, Iranian laws allow them to do one and the other.
Then the authorities declared that the party was also attended by the representatives of the diplomatic corps. This gave grounds for allegations of espionage. The result Vafadari was sentenced to 27 years in prison, Nassar have to spend behind bars for 16 years.