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Iran continues prosecution of post-election detainees

Source: Radio Zamaneh

Nezam Hassanpour, an Iranian election protester, was sentenced to six years in prison for participation in post-election protests.

Committee of Human Rights reporters said, Judge Maghiseh sentenced Hassanpour to five years in prison for "activity against national security." He also sentenced him to one more year in prison for "resistance against government officers."

The 25-year-old student, a resident of a Kouhdasht village, was arrested five months ago at his home for the charge of "participating in the post-election protests."

After the 2009 presidential elections, millions of Iranians all across Iran took to the streets to protest against the alleged electoral fraud that brought Mahmoud Ahmadinejad back to another term at the presidency.

Reportedly, security forces arrested Hassanpour's brother in order to force him into turning himself over to the authorities.

Hassanpour is a student in the last term of his degree in education and is amongst the thousands of protesters who were arrested and handed heavy sentences in the government crackdown on the peaceful protests after the presidential elections.

Another post-election detainee, Maryam Zia, was also sentenced to one year in prison for the charge of "propaganda against the regime."

The children's rights activist was arrested last December and was imprisoned for over three months. She was released on a $30,000 bail after she spent 13 days on hunger strike.

Iranian student activist receives 5 years in prison

Hassan Asadi Zeidabadi

Hassan Asadi Zeidabadi, member of executive committee of Iranian student organization Danesh Amoukhtegan, was sentenced to five years in prison and a monetary fine by Iranian judiciary.

Advar news reports that the student activist was served his sentence by Judge Maghiseh this morning.

Asadi, who was the head of the organization's human rights committee, was arrested on the charge of assembly and collusion with the intention of disrupting national security, propaganda against the regime, participating in illegal gatherings and disturbing the public.

Danesh Amoukhtegan Organization supported Mahmoud Ahmadineajd's opponent, Mehdi Karroubi in the 2009 presidential elections and currently a number of its executive members including its secretary general, Ahmad Zeidabadi and speaker, Abdollah Momeni are in prison serving out heavy prison terms.

The opposition claims Mahmoud Ahmadinejad was re-elected through vote fraud. The government has responded to the election protests by arresting thousands of protesters and accusing disputing candidates of conspiring with foreign forces to topple the regime.

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