Sahar Tabar, who is best known for her Instagram photos where she attempts to look like Angelina Jolie, is reportedly on a ventilator after contracting coronavirus while in jail.
The Sun reports the 22-year-old, whose real name is Fatemeh Khishvand, was arrested in Iran on charges including blasphemy, inciting violence, insulting the Islamic veil, encouraging youths into corruption and more.
Iran released approximately 85,000 prisoners last month in an effort to slow the spread of coronavirus.
Sahar’s lawyer Payam Derafshan has taken to Instagram to share an open letter to the head of Iran’s judiciary Ebrahim Reisei, pleading for her release.
The lawyer wrote, “Her arrest warrant was issued in October 2018, at the time she was a minor and I venture to draw your attention to this critical issue that she has contracted coronavirus in jail.”
He also asked Reisei to take “appropriate and responsible measures within the frameworks of law and issued regulations.”
Derafshan then quoted an Arabic proverb, “The human who has no mercy, he does not receive mercy.”
Speaking with the Centre For Human Rights in Iran, Derafshan said the judge who has the power to release Sahar has been unreachable.
“We find it unacceptable that this young woman has now caught the coronavirus in these circumstances while her detention order has been extended during all this time in jail,” he said.
“We went to Mr. Moghiseh’s office many times and asked him to cancel the detention order and grant bail instead,” he said. “All the other people accused in this case have been released and our client is the only one who has remained in detention… But the judge said no.”
“And now that the coronavirus has spread, we keep looking for Mr. Moghiseh but we can’t find him in the courthouse. They say he’s there, but we haven’t seen him,” he added.
Sahar has shared numerous photos of herself to Instagram where she’s edited them to make her look like Jolie and social media hasn’t been all that kind to her.
One user called her “creepy”, another questioned how any doctor would feel comfortable operating on her, writing, “I don’t understand how a doctor agrees to do that after he sees that she had done this before. Which doctor operates her over and over again after seeing her. I don’t want to condemn you but your doc is cruel.”
Others labelled her as a “zombie”, “ghost” and “corpse bride”.
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