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Senior Iranian reformists setenced to long prison terms

Source: Radio Zamaneh

Mostafa Tajzadeh, Davoud Soleymani and Mohsen Mirdamadi have each been sentenced to six years in prison as well as ten years of ban from political and media activity.

Tehran Revolutionary Court announced today that the sentences of the three senior reformist detainees were issued today over the charge of "assembly and collusion against national security and propaganda against the system."

The sentences can still be appealed in the appellate court.

The three top reformist figures are senior members of the Islamic Iran Participation Front that endorsed MirHosein Mousavi in the June presidential election of 2009 and many of their members have been arrested in the post-election crackdown on protesters of the outcome of the elections.

The Islamic Republic has been contending with widespread protests to the presidential elections of 2009 on grounds of fraud allegations in handling the ballot. Protesters maintain that Mahmoud Ahmadninejad's victory was secured through vote rigging.

The three political activists are currently on temporary leave from prison on bail.

The Revolutionary Court also announced that another post-election protester, Soheil Mohammadi's four-year sentence was reduced to three years in the appeals court.

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