Iran volleyball woman held for ‘links with foreigners’


TEHRAN: Iran’s judiciary said on Tuesday an Iranian-British woman named Ghoncheh Ghavami arrested in June after trying to attend a men’s volleyball match was being held for security reasons and over “links with foreigners.” The woman was arrested for having “acted against the security of the country and for links with foreigners,” Hadi Sadeghi, deputy chief of the judiciary’s cultural affairs department. He denied the lawyer’s account that Ghavami was detained over her presence near the volleyball stadium in Tehran. Iran’s volleyball federation has said the sport’s governing body FIVB informed it that the country will not be able to host the under-19 world championships in 2015 as planned.



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