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Iran jails opposition ex-MP for six years: Reports

Last Updated: Sunday, January 17, 2010 - 20:04

Tehran: Iran has sentenced senior reformist and former MP Mohsen Safai Farahani, arrested after the disputed June presidential election, to six years in jail, Opposition websites reported on Sunday.

"Last night (Saturday), he was informed of the verdict after spending more than 200 days in custody. He was sentenced to six years in prison," Kaleme and Parlemannews websites said.

They did not say what charges Safai Farahani was
convicted of.

He was rounded up along with scores of prominent
reformists and journalists shortly after the June 12 poll
which gave hardliner Mahmoud Ahmadinejad a second term amid
widespread fraud allegations.

The government accused its reformist opponents of seeking
to undermine the regime by instigating mass street protests
against Ahmadinejad.

Several have been sentenced to hefty prison terms. Some
have been released on bail pending possible appeals.

A veteran industrialist, Safai Farahani, 61, is one of
the leaders of Iran`s largest reformist party, the Islamic
Iran Participation Front, which strongly backed Ahmadinejad`s
leading challenger in the vote, former prime minister Mir
Hossein Mousavi.

Bureau Report

First Published: Sunday, January 17, 2010 - 20:04

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