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Iran Sentences Activists, Arrests Ex-MP

Source: RFE/RL

Iranian human rights activist Shadi Sadr

An Iranian court has convicted two activists in absentia and sentenced them to jail and lashes over a 2007 protest.

Shadi Sadr, 35, an award-winning women's rights activist, was sentenced to six  years in jail and 74 lashes for acting against national security and harming public order, her lawyer, Mohammad Mostafai, said according to Iranian media reports.

Another activist, Mahbubeh Abbas-Gholizadeh, was sentenced to 2 and 1/2 years in jail and 30 lashes for similar  charges, Mostafai said.

The court tried the two women, both of whom are currently abroad, on May 8 over a March 2007 rally outside a revolutionary court where four  fellow feminists were on trial. Iranian authorities arrested them  along with 30 other protesters. They have 20 days to appeal the sentences.

Both have campaigned to abolish the practice of stoning adulterers to death.

Sadr, a lawyer and journalist, was awarded the  Polish Lech Walesa Prize in September 2009 for promoting "human rights, freedom of expression, and democracy in Iran."

Authorities have also arrested Mohsen Armin, a former member of parliament who backs opposition leader Mir Hossein Musavi, his daughter said.

"This morning agents who appeared to have a judiciary warrant  searched the house and took my father away," Armin's daughter, who was not named, told, website of the minority faction of reformist MPs.
Armin is a senior member of the Organization of Mujahedeen of  the Islamic Revolution, which was banned by the Iranian  authorities.

compiled from agency reports

Copyright (c) 2010 RFE/RL, Inc. Reprinted with the permission of Radio Free Europe/Radio Liberty, 1201 Connecticut Ave., N.W. Washington DC 20036.

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