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Members of Iranian reformist group handed prison terms

Report by Radio Zamaneh

Mohsen Safai Farahani

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."

Ali Tajernia

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 hearing.

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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