Tehran: An Iranian news website says a court
has sentenced President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad`s press adviser to
one year in prison on the charge of insulting Supreme Leader
Ayatollah Ali Khamenei.
The report by Mashreghnews says Ali Akbar Javanfekr was
banned for journalism activities for five years. The report
does not specify what Javanfekr had allegedly said.
Khamenei has the final say on all matters of state. Under
the law Javanfekr can appeal in 20 days.
In November, Javanfekr received another one-year sentence
for publishing material "contrary to Islamic norms." He has
not yet begun to serve the sentence.
The verdicts are seen as part of a power struggle between
Ahmadinejad and his opponents ahead of March parliamentary