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Iran's Mosharekat Party worried about Abdi's conditions in prison

Iran's leading Mosharekat (Participation) Party on Monday expressed deep worries over the conditions of its prominent member, imprisoned journalist Abbas Abdi, IRNA reported from Tehran.

The party in a communique issued on the matter asked the judiciary officials to pave the ground as soon as possible for Abdi's meeting with his lawyer and family members.

In the communique a copy of which was faxed to IRNA on Monday night, alluding to the documents referred to at Abdi's court hearing, it is noted, "Proof has been provided regarding being forged of the confidential documents in question, which makes closer attention paid to the matter necessary."

Mosharekat Party has stressed in the communique that rumors on Abdi's disagreement with the presence of his lawyer at the hearing in which "Part D" of the the accusations brought up against him were surveyed are quite baseless and erroneous."

It adds, "Despite Mr. Abdi's request, the time he needed to acquire the necessary documents and proof to defend himself was neither granted to him, nor to his lawyer."

The Mosharekat Party's communique concludes arguing, "Now that the preliminary and appeals courts have issued their decrees, the continuation of imprisonment of Abbas Abdi makes absolutely no sense."

It adds, "Abdi is not only a well known political activist, but a renowned cultural, scientific and journalist personality, who should not be imprisoned under the current circumstances."

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