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Iran jails ‘zombie’ Instagrammer for 10 years — report

Sahar Tabar, 19, accused of corrupting Iranian youth, disrespecting the Islamic Republic

Sahar Tabar (Instagram)
Sahar Tabar (Instagram)

An Iranian teenaged Instagrammer famous for drastically altering her appearance online to look like a zombie has reportedly been sentenced to 10 years in prison.

The social media celebrity known as Sahar Tabar was arrested last year on the orders of Tehran’s Islamic guidance court on charges of including blasphemy, inciting violence, gaining income through inappropriate means and encouraging corruption among the young. She was eventually convicted of corruption of the young and of disrespecting the Islamic Republic.

The Guardian, which reported on the prison sentence, said the Instagram star’s real name is Fatemeh Khishvand, 19.

Her account, which has been taken down, had nearly 500,000 followers before her arrest.

Most of the photos and videos shared with her followers have also been heavily edited so that she seemingly resembles Hollywood star Angelina Jolie.

The account features images of her with a gaunt face, pouting lips and sharply turned-up nose.

In some, she can be seen wearing a loosely fitting hijab over her hair and a white bandage on her nose commonly seen on Tehran’s streets.

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

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