Iran jails rights activist for `warring against God`

In Iran, "warring against God" is an offence that can carry death penalty.

Tehran: Iran has sentenced women`s rights activist, Shiva Nazar-Ahari, to six years in jail on charges including "warring against God", an offence that can carry the death penalty, Sunday newspapers quoted her lawyer as saying.

She is the latest among the scores of activists picked up amid the mass protests that followed hardline President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad`s controversial re-election in June last year to receive a stiff jail sentence.

At least 10 of those arrested have been given death sentences.

Nazar-Ahari "has been sentenced to three and a half years in jail for Moharebeh (warring against God), two years for conspiracy to commit a crime and six months for propaganda against the regime," her lawyer Mohammad Sharif said.

The court ordered her to serve the jail term in the town of Izeh, 800 kilometres (500 miles) from her home city of Tehran, Sharif said.

He added that he would lodge an appeal, the moderate Arman newspaper reported.

Nazar-Ahari, 26, had been granted bail earlier this month amid international concern about the possible death sentence.

The capital charge was reportedly levelled against her over suspicions she had ties with the Tehran regime`s most hated foe -- the exiled opposition People`s Mujahedeen of Iran (PMOI) -- an accusation she strongly denied.

Nazar-Ahari was first granted bail three months after her initial arrest but was rearrested last December while on her way to the Shiite shrine city of Qom for the funeral of dissident cleric, Grand Ayatollah Hossein Ali Montazeri.

Bureau Report