Sunday, November 22, 2009

Abtahi, fomer Iranian vice-president, gets 6 years

Mohamed Ali Abtahi, a former Iranian vice-president has been sentenced to six years in jail in connection with the protests against the fraudulent Iranian election in June that returned president Ahmadinejad to power.
Abtahi - the pictures show him before and during his trial - was vice-president under president Khatami from 1997 - 2005. During the election campaign he was an adviser to Mehdi Karroubi, one of the opposition candidates. During his process he was accused of instigating street protests. The daily Jahan  e-Eqtesadi reported that he was informed of the sentence on Saturday. The paper quoted his daughter that he was brought home from jail, that he house was searched and that lateron he was taken to a courtroom where he heard his sentence.

Iranian judiciary said last week that five people have been sentenced to death and 81 have received jail terms of up to 15 years in connection with protests and violence after the vote. They did not give  names. The sentences can be appealed.

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