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5/7/04

2 Alleged Leaders of Tehran 1999 Riots Granted 5 Day Absence from Prison

VOA News - 05 May 2004

In Iran, two alleged student leaders of the July 1999 Tehran riots have been granted a five-day leave of absence from prison.

Family members of brothers Manoochehr and Akbar Mohammadi told VOA News that the brothers are in need of medical attention. Over the years, the brothers have said they have been tortured in prison.

They have already served four years for allegedly participating in the 1999 violent student uprisings that followed the storming of a university dormitory by security forces. One student died in that raid.

Manoochehr Mohammadi was allowed out of prison once last year. During his furlough he spoke with foreign press and as a result, an additional year was added to his 14-year prison sentence.

Lawyers for two other prominent activists, jailed journalists Akbar Ganji and Abbas Abdi, have told VOA that their clients have also received furloughs. The two were imprisoned on political charges, unrelated to the 1999 riots.

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