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Iran's "Religious-nationalists" receive heavy jail terms

Tehran, May 11, IRNA -- The Revolutionary Court on Saturday handed down heavy jail terms to several members of the so-called "religious-nationalist" group for attempting to topple the Islamic establishment, the press reported here on Sunday.

The Persian-language daily `Nassim-E Saba' reported that Branch 26 of the court had sentenced 14 members of the group to jail terms ranging between four to 11 years.

According to the paper, the convicts include Ezatollah Sahabi, the head of the banned Freedom Movement of Iran (FMI), who received 11 years behind the bars.

Sahabi did not show up at the court to receive the sentence for he is in Saudi Arabia on pilgrimage, and his defense lawyer, Gholam-Ali Riahi, was thus notified of the ruling.

Taqi Rahmani also received 11 years while Hoda Saber and Habibollah Peyman each received 10 and 9 years jail terms.

Mohammad Maleki was sentenced to 7 years imprisonment, and Mohammad Baste-Ngar, Mohammad Mohammadi Ardehali, Saeed Madani, and Reza Alijani each received 6 years.

Morteza Kazemian, Mohammad Omrani, Reza Rais-Tousi, Masoud Pedram, Mohammad Hossein Rafiei, and Ali-Reza Rajaei each received four years in jail.

Furthermore, Peyman, Saber, Baste-Negar, Rahmani, Madani and Alijani each were stripped of all social rights for 10 years, while Ardehali, Kazemian, Omrani, Maleki, Rais-Tousi, Pedram, Rafiei and Rajaei were banned from the rights for five years.

The convicts can appeal the sentences after 20 days from the ruling.

`Nassim-E Saba' stressed that several of the activists had dismissed the sentences as illegal.

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