American Journalist Faces Death Penalty in Iran for Enabling Activist Website

American Journalist Faces Death Penalty in Iran for Enabling Activist Website

American journalist Jamshid Sharmahd is reportedly facing the death penalty in Iran for enabling an activist website, as reported on Tuesday 19 July.

The American journalist’s daughter told FoxNews about her father’s pending death sentence in Iran, claiming the Tehran regime’s lawyer said the sentence was “certain.”

Sharmahd has been denied an independent lawyer by the regime, and a possible sixth hearing is expected this week.

Sharmahd, 67, was reportedly kidnapped by the Iranian regime in July 2020, while the journalist was testifying in a Dubai hotel.

His daughter claimed that the trial is currently trying to find a scapegoat for a 2008 terrorist attack on a mosque in Shiraz, Iran, that killed 14 people and injured more than 200.

Sharmahd had previously worked as a radio journalist in California, USA, as well as running a site that allowed citizens of Iran to express themselves freely:

“My dad created a website where activists (in Iran) could post articles and he talked about it on his radio show,” his daughter said.

Sharmahd, who is a German citizen but legal US resident, has reportedly received no aid from Germany, Iran’s biggest trading partner in recent decades.

“I don’t see real actions from Germany. If Germany wants to rescue my father, they can. They have the resources,” his daughter said.

She also added that her father suffers from Parkinson’s and is currently in isolation.

The news follows a similar story reported in May, when a British geologist faced the death penalty in Iraq and was eventually sentenced to 15 years in prison for a crime he did not know he had committed.

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