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Court sentences Iranian journalist Ahmad Zeydabadi to 13 months in prison

A Tehran appeals court has sentenced journalist Ahmad Zeydabadi to 13 months in jail for propagating against the Islamic Republic and publishing lies, press Wednesday cited the deputy head of the Tehran Justice Department, Ali Asghar Tashakkori, as saying.

According to reports by IRNA, Zeydabadi, who worked for the daily Hamshahri, had initially been sentenced to 23 months in prison on the same charges as well as for inciting public opinion and threatening national security as well as insulting prison wardens.

The appeals court rejected the latter charges but upheld the punishment which deprives the journalist from 'social rights' for five years, the paper said without commenting further.

"The convict has spent seven months in temporary detention, which will be deducted from his jail term," Jomhuri-ye Eslami quoted Tashakkori as saying.

He said the convict, who is currently out from jail on bail, will be summoned to serve his jail term, the paper added.

On Tuesday, Zeydabadi told IRNA that he thought there were a 'new wave of convictions ahead', citing the cases of Narges Mohammadi and Hassan Yousefi Eshkevari.

Press recently said a court here had sentenced Mohammadi to one year in prison. She is the wife of political dissident Taqi Rahmani who has been tried along with several members of the self-proclaimed religious and nationalist group for subversive actions.

Mohammadi has been sentenced by the Revolutionary Court in connection with her interviews with the press about the imprisonment of her husband, the Persian daily Aftab-e Yazd recently said.

Another court recently rejected appeal to commute Eshkevari's seven-year jail term. He is being held in prison since April 2000 because of controversial remarks he made in a Berlin conference.

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