Iranian security forces rearrested prominent activist and journalist Sepideh Gholian hours after she walked free from jail chanting slogans against supreme leader Ali Khamenei, activists said Thursday.
Gholian, 28, was freed Wednesday from Tehran's Evin prison after spending over four years behind bars following a conviction related to her reporting on a strike movement in 2018.
According to the US-based Human Rights Activists News Agency, Gholian was rearrested late Wednesday while being driven from Tehran by her family to their home in Dezful in Khuzestan province in southwestern Iran.
It said there was no information on where she was being held or what she was accused of.
Immediately after her release from Evin prison, she had defiantly shouted slogans against Khamenei in a video she shared on her social media accounts.
She was also not wearing a headscarf, in defiance of the strict dress code for women, and in the video urged the release of other women seen as political prisoners by activists.
In prison, Gholian has, through letters and messages to supporters, become a strong voice against the abuses that she says women are subjected to in Iranian jails, AFP reported.
Many of the women held in Iran were arrested well before the protests sparked by the September 16 death in custody of Mahsa Amini, a young Iranian Kurd who had been detained for allegedly violating the dress code for women. But their numbers swelled in the ensuing crackdown.