Eight people have been handed heavy prison sentences for their activities on Facebook. The charges against them range from “assembly and collusion against national security” and “anti-regime activity” to “insulting sanctities and government officials.”

IRNA reports that these individuals were running several pages on Facebook and were arrested last July by order of the prosecutor.

The accused are from various cities including Yazd, Shiraz, Abadan, Kerman and Tehran.

Two of the accused were sentenced to 18 years and 19 years respectively as well as a fine of 1.3 million toumans and 50 lashes.

The others are sentenced to prison terms of 8 to 21 years.