Female cartoonist could have 12 year prison term extended for shaking her lawyer’s hand

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Amnesty International reports that Atena Farghadani, 29, who was jailed after she depicted Iranian government officials as o-UN-facebook[1]monkeys and goats in a satirical cartoon, may face a longer sentence amid claims over the handshake.

Charges of an “illegitimate sexual relationship short of adultery” have been brought against Farghadani and her lawyer Mohammad Moghimi amid allegations he visited her in jail and shook her hand – which is illegal in Iran.

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