Monday, March 15, 2010

IR Iran Jails Top Female Reformist for 3 Years

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Agence France Presse (AFP) /

An Iranian court has sentenced a top female reformist arrested after last year's election dispute to three years in jail for plotting to harm national security, her lawyer said on Saturday. Azar Mansouri was arrested in September during a widespread crackdown on opposition supporters who challenged the re-election of President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad in June 2009. Mansouri, a senior leader from reformist political party, Islamic Iran Participation Front, was sentenced to a three-year jail term, lawyer Mohammad Reza Faghihi told ILNA news agency. "She has been charged with disturbing public order while participating in gatherings, issuing propaganda against the regime, spreading lies and plotting to harm national security," he said, adding he had filed an appeal against the verdict.

Iranian authorities have sentenced several top reformists and political activists to varying jail terms after accusing them of acting against the regime since the election dispute erupted. In recent weeks several detainees have also been released but Iranian news reports say 10 protesters charged with participating in the post-election unrest have been sentenced to death so far. On January 28, Iran executed Mohammad Reza Ali Zamani and Arash Rahmani Pour, two members of a monarchist group. It was unclear when they were arrested but they were put on trial along with several other post-election protesters.