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Iran court sentences journalist Baqi to 1 year in jail

Iran's Revolutionary Court Thursday sentenced journalist Emadoddin Baqi to one year imprisonment on charges of propagating against the Islamic establishment, IRNA reported from Tehran.

Judge Babaei has stressed in the court ruling, a copy of which was faxed to IRNA, that Baqi had been found guilty of propagating against the Islamic establishment and working to the benefit of the opposition groups after the court considered a report by the Information Ministry, Baqi's lectures, notes and interviews, as well as his confessions.

Still, the court has decided to suspend implementing the journalist's term for five years.

"Considering the conditions in which the convict has committed the offenses as well as the related social situation, and in accordance with Article 25 of the Islamic Penal Code, Baqi's sentence will be suspended for five years in lieu with Article 33 of the same law," the ruling stressed.

The court further stressed that the journalist had been acquitted of charges of insulting the Supreme Leader of the Islamic Revolution Ayatollah Seyyed Ali Khamenei "for insufficiency of reasons".

Several state institutions had filed complaints against Baqi. They included the public prosecutor, Ministry of Information, the police, the Islamic Republic of Iran Broadcasting (IRIB), the Islamic Revolution Guards Corps (IRGC) as well as certain Majlis deputies.

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