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Jail Term Confirmed For Iran President's Aide

Source: RFE/RL

Iranian media reports say that President Mahmud Ahmadinejad's press adviser has been sentenced to six months in jail. The Fars news agency quoted Iran's chief prosecutor as saying on February 13 that Ali Akbar Javanfekr was sentenced to jail after an appeal was rejected.

Ali Akbar Javanfekr
Ali Akbar Javanfekr

The chief prosecutor, Gholam Hossein Mohseni-Ejei, did not say what charge earned the prison sentence, but added that Javanfekr had "more than one case before the judiciary."

Javanfekr's lawyer, Qahreman Shojaee, confirmed the jail term to the official IRNA news agency.

Javanfekr had been previously convicted of insulting Supreme Leader Ayatollah Ali Khamenei.

The case appears to be part of an ongoing power struggle between Ahmadinejad's backers and Khamenei loyalists.

Compiled from agency reports

Copyright (c) 2012 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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