Soheila Hijab, an Iranian political prisoner and a vocal opponent to the country’s compulsory hijab laws, has appeared before a court in a wheelchair to hear new charges against her, a human rights activist reported on December 28.
"She was taken to the Kermanshah Court of Justice while she was sitting in a wheelchair with injuries to her back and legs as a result of being beaten," activist Ehsan Ghadiri tweeted on December 28.
"Soheila Hijab is not well at all and is very sick and her life is in danger…they are putting a lot of pressure on her by restricting and torturing her."
Hijab is a pro constitutional monarchy wishing to have a system that brings unity. justice and freedom for all Iranians. Please be her voice,” he also wrote, without providing details about the new case brought against her.
Hijab was arrested in May 2019 and released from Tehran’s Evin prison on bail in March 2020 before being sentenced to five years in prison on charges of "spreading propaganda against the system, disturbing the public mind with the intention of rioting and forming an illegal group."
She was rearrested in June 2020 to serve her sentence.