An Iranian LGBTQ activist based in Germany has been awarded damages by a Canadian court for egregious defamations, after the judge ruled that the defendant was most likely responsible for anonymous web posts.
Shadi Amin, otherwise known as Soheila Amintorabi, brought claims against Arsham Parsi, otherwise known as Alireza Abrishami, in Toronto Small Claims Court because she believed he was behind anonymous posts on multiple websites and letters sent to Amnesty International and the BBC. Parsi, who is an Iranian LGBTQ activist based in Toronto, maintains that he was not responsible for the posts. Amin says that the anonymous posts hurt her career and personal relationships.
“I was hurt in all of my relations, with my work with my colleagues, with journalists, with all the organizations, it was always something between us,” she says. “I knew that a lot of people have read these nasty articles and I knew that a lot of people don’t ask me about them, but I could see in their eyes that something was always a big question.”