Iranian Instagram star Sahar Tabar 'contracts coronavirus in jail'

Sahar Tabar known for transforming into

Fatemeh Khishvand, who now goes by the name Sahar Tabar, was jailed late past year on accusations of instigating violence, insulting Iran's dress code, illegally acquiring property and encouraging young people to commit corruption.

Sahar Tabar's lawyer Payam Derafshan shared a letter on Instagram which he wrote to Iran's head of the judiciary named Ibrahim Raisi in which he requested apology on behalf of her client.

"We went to Moghiseh's office many times and asked him to cancel the detention order and grant bail instead", Derafshan told the Center for Human Rights in Iran.

"It seems like it has become a habit for the authorities to deny everything", Derafshan told CHRI. "The prison director should acknowledge the infection and admit she has been hospitalized".

He added that Ms Khishvand - who was a minor when the "crimes" were committed - had not been eligible for temporary release because her case was still being processed, referring to the 85,000 prisoners Iran released in March to curb the spread of the coronavirus.

Judge Mohammad Moghiseh is reported to have repeatedly denied Sahar's release on bail, even while the country has more than 70,000 coronavirus cases.

Volunteer women wearing face masks to curb the spread of the new coronavirus prepare fabric to sew bed sheets for hospitals, at a mosque in Tehran, Iran this month.

Tabar, real name Fatemeh Khishvand, posted dozens of images edited to make her resemble Angelina Jolie and to give her a zombielike appearance.

Others labelled her as a "zombie", "ghost" and "corpse bride".

He says authorities have tried denying she has the virus.

She said every time she uploaded her picture on Instagram she photoshopped her pictures.

On the opposite hand, Iran mentioned on Friday that the whole variety of deaths from the epidemic within the nation has reached 4,958, with 89 folks killed as a outcome of corona virus an infection.

"Every time I publish a photo, I paint my face in an increasingly amusing way", she said, according to the Daily Mail. Back in 2017, she addressed most of the claims made about her in an interview with the Russian news agency, Sputnik. It is a way of expressing yourself, a kind of art.

Sahar gained wide recognition in Iran and internationally for her drastic and numerous cosmetic-surgery procedures and unique aesthetic. "My followers know that this is not my real face". After her arrest, she was portrayed on Iranian state TV as an example of how social media can ruin young lives.

Instagram is the only major social media service accessible in Iran unlike Facebook and Twitter and the Telegram messenger service are officially banned.

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