Iran upholds five-year jail term for website Chief

An appeals court upheld a five-year jail term for Mohammad Davari, who heads Iranian opposition leader Mehdi Karroubi`s website Sahamnews.org, the site reported on Saturday.

Updated: Aug 07, 2010, 20:23 PM IST

Tehran: An appeals court upheld a
five-year jail term for Mohammad Davari, who heads Iranian
opposition leader Mehdi Karroubi`s website Sahamnews.org, the
site reported on Saturday.

Samahnews.org said the sentence was upheld against
Davari who was arrested in September 2009 for "propaganda
against the regime and gatherings aimed at damaging national
security and public order."

The website did not say when the verdict was
delivered.

He was arrested after Karroubi charged that several
detained male and female demonstrators had been raped,
tortured and killed in Kahrizak detention centre during
post-election unrest last year, it said.

Davari is being held in Tehran`s Evin prison.

The scandal at Kahrizak, south of the capital,
caused major embarrassment for Iranian officials, who after
months of denial acknowledged that at least three protesters
had died there from custodial injuries.

The centre was shut down in July 2009 on the orders
of the Islamic republic`s supreme leader, Ayatollah Ali
Khamenei.

Iranian authorities have cracked down on the media
and journalists since the June 2009 re-election of President
Mahmoud Ahmadinejad, which the opposition dismissed as
massively rigged, sparking street protests.

PTI