Atena Farghadani jailed Iranian artist

Iranian artist jailed for 12 years for drawing satirical cartoons now faces ‘indecency’ charges… because she shook her male lawyer’s hand

An Iranian woman sentenced to more than 12 years in prison for drawing satirical cartoons of politicians is now facing new charges – for shaking a man’s hand.

Artist Atena Farghadani, 29, is currently serving a long stretch behind bars as punishment for depicting government officials, who decided to restrict women’s access to birth control, as animals.

However, both Ms Farghadani and her lawyer Mohammad Moghimi have since been charged with having an ‘illegitimate sexual relationship short of adultery’ and ‘indecent conduct’ because they shook hands in prison following the trial, according to Amnesty International.