A look-alike of Angelina Jolie “Zombie” is reported to be on a ventilator in Iran after falling ill with a coronavirus in prison for her activity on Instagram.
Social media star Sahar Tabar, 22, whose real name is Fatemeh Khishvand, from Tehran, was brought to light after posting images of his strangely thin face.
But the 22-year-old woman, whose lawyers had asked for her release amid the serious COVID-19 epidemic in the country, is now said to be seriously ill.
The US-based Center for Human Rights In Iran said that a local judge refused to grant bail despite the fact that the coronavirus is rampant in the country’s prisons.
Angelina Jolie’s ‘Zombie’ lookalike, 22-year-old Sahar Tabar, reportedly on fan in Iran after falling ill with coronavirus in jail for Instagram activity
The social media star, whose real name is Tehran’s Fatemeh Khishvand, gained prominence after posting pictures of his strangely emaciated face.
Last month, the country released around 85,000 prisoners in an attempt to fight the deadly virus, which is said to have killed thousands more than official figures suggest.
“We find it unacceptable that this young woman caught the coronavirus in these circumstances while her detention warrant was extended during this time in prison,” human rights lawyer Payam Derafshan told the organization on Wednesday.
Sahar was arrested in October on charges of blasphemy, incitement to violence, incomes by improper means and inciting young people to corruption, the Tasnim news agency reported.
She was arrested on the orders of the Tehran Orientation Court, which deals with “cultural crimes and social and moral corruption”.
The social media star became famous in 2017 after undergoing 50 surgeries to make her look like Oscar-winning actress Ms. Jolie.
Later, she confirmed that her look was mainly achieved through makeup and editing.
Judge Mohammad Moghiseh has reportedly repeatedly denied Sahar’s bail, even though the kingdom has declared more than 70,000 cases of coronavirus.
22-year-old woman, whose lawyers asked for her release in the midst of the country’s serious COVID-19 epidemic, is now said to be seriously ill
The US-based Center for Human Rights In Iran said a local judge refused to bail him despite the fact that the coronavirus is rife in US prisons.
Derafshan said it had become a “habit” for the authorities to “deny everything” after claiming that Sahar had not contracted the disease.
“It makes no sense to deny that. The prison director should acknowledge the infection and admit that she has been hospitalized, “he said.
He added that Sahar and the other non-violent detainees should also be released due to the epidemic.
Iran’s parliament said on Tuesday that the country has likely suffered twice as many coronavirus deaths as the country’s official death toll, a parliamentary report said.
Investigators said the official total only included people who died in hospital and tested positive for the virus before they died, which means the true toll is higher.
Iran has officially reported 4,777 deaths from the virus – a figure that has sparked suspicion among experts and the international community.
The kingdom has also reported 76,389 cases of the virus, making it by far the worst epidemic in the Middle East.
The 46-page report from the Iranian Parliament’s research center, published online, has the weight of being written by non-partisan experts in the country.
Sahar was arrested in October on charges of blasphemy, incitement to violence, incomes by improper means and incitement to corruption among young people, the Tasnim news agency reported.
Iranian health officials have made no comments on the report.
This is the highest charge ever recorded in the government of the Islamic Republic for its questionable figures.
In July, Sahar unveiled his old appearance for the first time, sharing a side-by-side snapshot of his pre- and post-surgery.
Later, she admitted that she had undergone surgery, such as nose job, lip fillers and liposuction, but insisted the unusual appearance is due to makeup and editing.
She said, “It’s Photoshop and makeup. Every time I post a photo, I paint my face in an increasingly fun way. It’s a way of expressing yourself, a kind of art. My fans know that this is not my real face. ‘
She added, “I didn’t even think of being like Jolie. Also, I didn’t want to look like the cartoon character The Corpse Bride.
“Now I understand that I have something to do with them, but I myself am a muse and remembering someone is not an end in itself.
In some cases, she can be seen wearing a slightly fitted hijab over her hair and a white bandage on her nose commonly used on the streets of Tehran.
Cosmetic surgery is very popular in the Islamic Republic, with tens of thousands of operations taking place each year.
Instagram is the only major social media service available in Iran unlike Facebook and Twitter, and the Telegram messaging service is officially banned.
The true death toll from coronaviruses in Iran is probably twice as high as the official figure of 4,777, as it does not include those who died at home or were not tested before their death, reports say.