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Provincial leader of mainstream Iranian political party jailed

Hamedan, Feb 8, IRNA -- Hossein Mojahed, the head of the mainstream Islamic Iran Participation Front (IIPF) in the western Hamedan province, was sent Saturday to six months in jail on charge of inciting public opinion.

Mojahed was summoned to court and indicted 10 months ago for supporting outspoken university professor Hashem Aghajari who is held in prison on blasphemy charges with a death sentence on his head.

A court in Hamedan had initially sentenced Mojahed to 30 months in jail and 74 lashes on charges of defamation and libel as well as provoking public opinion.

But, Hamedan appeals court commuted the sentence to six-month imprisonment after it rejected the libel charge, but held the charge of inciting public opinion.

Mojahed had supported Aghajari whose call for religious restructuring in the Islamic Republic of Iran and his criticism of the Islamic principle of emulating religious Shia leaders won him a death verdict.

The sentence drew angry criticism, with students staging several days of protest rallies to call on the Judiciary to suspend the ruling.

Supreme Leader Ayatollah Ali Khamenei put an end to the impasse by ordering the sentence to be reviewed.

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