Report by Radio Zamaneh
Mohsen Safai Farahani, senior member of the
reformist group, Islamic Iran Participation Front was sentenced to five years in
prison by the appellate court.
Tehran Revolutionary Court announced that the political activist had been sentenced to six years in prison last December and the appeals court has thus reduced the sentence by one year.
Safai Farahani is amongst the numerous post-election detainees who have been arrested to quell the protests against the disputed re-election of Mahmoud Ahmadinejad in Iran's June presidential elections last year. He is accused of "activity against national security," propaganda against the regime," "insulting government officials," and "publishing falsehoods."
Another Participation Front member, Ali Tajernia
was also handed a final decision by the appellate court receiving a one year
prison term which was reduced from six years handed to him in the preliminary
Tajernia is accused of "assembly and colluding with the purpose of disturbing public security," "propaganda against the regime" and "insulting public officials on duty."
Islamic Participation Front has been the direct target of government attacks in the post-election clampdown on reformists and the organization has been accused of being party to a conspiracy to topple the government through a "velvet revolution."
Many senior members of this organization, such as Mohsen Mirdamadi, Abdollah Ramazanzadeh, Mostafa Tajzadeh and Shahabeddin Tabatabai, were arrested in the post election events.
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