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Prison sentences handed to Iranian political detainees

Report Source: Radio Zamaneh

Iranian political detainees mostly charged with threatening national security by joining the post-election protests have been receiving heavy prison sentences by the judiciary.

Ali Behzadian-nejad has been sentenced to 6 years in prison for "the published comments on his weblog and collaboration in disturbing national security and propaganda against the system," his lawyer informed Parleman News. Mr. Behzadian-nejad is related to MirHosein Mousavi's campaign manager.

The opposition accuses the government of holding show trials for the political detainees.

The post-election turmoil in Iran started in June when presidential candidates including MirHosein Mousavi accused the establishment of fraud in the ballot challenging Mahmoud Ahmadinejad's victory. In the past five months, the State has been putting down nationwide protests against the Ahmadinejad government. Widespread arrests and heavy sentences for the detainees are the main policies of the government in dealing with the protests.

Two student activists, Omid Lavasani and Alireza Aushouri were also handed six-year imprisonment sentences. Mr. Aushouri is a member of Mousavi campaign and Mr. Lavasani, according to his lawyer, was the web designer for and not an actual member of the presidential candidate's campaign.

Kambiz Nowroozi, media activist and executive director of the legal committee of Iranian News Publishers Guild, according to his lawyer, has been sentenced to two years in prison and 76 lashes for charges of "propaganda against the regime by participating in June 15 demonstrations, conspiracy against national security and disturbing public order."

Another post-election detainee, Faramarz Abdollah-nejad was sentenced to 28 months in prison for "propaganda against the regime and joining gatherings with the purpose of acting against national security" and according to his lawyer, his sentence was confirmed in the appeals court.

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