Middle East

Daughter of late Iran president gets 6-month prison sentence

FILE - In this Jan. 10, 2017 file photo, Faezeh Hashemi, daughter of Iran's former President Akbar Hashemi Rafsanjani, who died in January after suffering a heart attack, flashes a victory sign to the crowd from a bus during the funeral ceremony of his father in Tehran, Iran. The outspoken daughter of Iran's late President Akbar Hashemi Rafsanjani has been sentenced to six months in prison for "spreading lies against the judiciary," a semi-official news agency reported Saturday, as the country prepares for a May presidential election. (AP Photo/Vahid Salemi, File)

FILE - In this Jan. 10, 2017 file photo, Faezeh Hashemi, daughter of Iran's former President Akbar Hashemi Rafsanjani, who died in January after suffering a heart attack, flashes a victory sign to the crowd from a bus during the funeral ceremony of his father in Tehran, Iran. The outspoken daughter of Iran's late President Akbar Hashemi Rafsanjani has been sentenced to six months in prison for "spreading lies against the judiciary," a semi-official news agency reported Saturday, as the country prepares for a May presidential election. (AP Photo/Vahid Salemi, File)  (The Associated Press)

A semi-official news agency in Iran is reporting that the daughter of the late President Akbar Hashemi Rasfanjani has been sentenced to six months in prison for "spreading lies against the judiciary."

The report Saturday by the Fars news agency comes after rumors of a prison sentence handed down against Faezeh Hashemi had been circulating online. It did not elaborate.

Hashemi, who protested with others over Iran's disputed 2009 presidential election, has faced prison time before. She served six months in 2011 on charges of propagandizing against the ruling system. She received a six-month suspended prison sentence in 2014 on charges of slandering top officials.

Iran will hold a presidential election in May. Separately, a moderate lawmaker says 12 people were arrested over their activism on the messaging app Telegram.