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Iran Sentences Detainees to Heavy Prison Terms

Source: Radio Zamaneh

Iran's Revolutionary Court has stepped up issuing heavy sentences to post-election detainees at the threshold of possible renewed street protests on the anniversary of the disputed presidential elections of last year.

Majid Dorri

Daneshjoo News website reports that Pouya Ghorbani, who was arrested along with his wife and brother, has been sentenced to six years in prison. His wife has also been sentenced to 30 months in prison.

Majid Dorri

Majid Dorri, another student activist was sentenced to six years in prison. His 11-year sentence in the preliminary court was reduced to six years at the appeals court, Jaras website reports.

The student activist received five years imprisonment in exile for "continued activities with the Disunity Group" and another year for the charge of "activities against the regime."

The attorney to Majid Dorri said that although there is no evidence to prove any ties between his client and the People's Mojahedin Organization, and the judge had expressed his understanding of Mr. Dorri's innocence in this regard, yet the sentence was issued as such.

Majid Dorri, who was banned from continuing his education at university, belonged to the Council of Defending the Right to Education and was arrested last July.

Another reformist website "Ta Azadi Zendanian Sabz" reports that political detainees, Masoumeh Yavari and Zahra Jabbari received 7 and 4 years in prison respectively by the Revolutionary Court.

Masoumeh Yavari has to spend his seven year term at the notorious Rejai Shahr Prison.

These two detainees who were arrested in the recent election protests were primarily accused of "Moharebeh" (enmity against God) by Deputy Prosecutor.

Another political detainee, Mehdi Karimian was also handed a four-year prison term which he will serve out at Evin Prison where he is already incarcerated.

The churning out of these heavy prison terms for post-election detainees appears to be a warning to the public who may be contemplating joining anti-government protests on the anniversary of the controversial presidential elections of 2009 which was allegedly rigged to secure Mahmoud Ahmadinejad's victory.

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