Website Says Iran 'Blogfather' Sentenced To 19 Years In Prison
AP has quoted a conservative Iranian website as saying that a
prominent blogger has been convicted for anti-state activities and sentenced to
19 years in prison.
Hossein Derakhshan, seen in this undated courtesy photo, holds dual Iranian and
The report, citing mashreghnews.ir, does not specify when the court issued its
verdict for Hossein Derakhshan, who has been in custody for two years.
Derakhshan was convicted of cooperation with hostile countries, spreading
propaganda against the ruling establishment, promoting counterrevolutionary
groups, and insulting Islamic thoughts and religious figures, AP reports.
Derakhshan, nicknamed Hoder, was a leading figure in the Persian-language
blogosphere and was credited with helping blogs gain popularity in his native
Iran -- so much so that he was dubbed Iran's "Blogfather."
He was arrested in 2008, shortly after returning to Iran following time living
in Britain and Canada.
Derakhshan holds dual Iranian-Canadian citizenship.
Recent unconfirmed reports had suggested Derakhshan had been sentenced to death.
Derakshan's mother said
prosecutors had asked for the "maximum penalty" for her son.
Mashreghnews.ir is said to enjoy close ties to the office of Iranian President
compiled from agency and RFE/RL reports
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