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Iranian environmental activist gets reduced sentence

Source: Radio Zamaneh

The appeals court of Ardebil Province has reduced the prison term given to environmental activist Ali Kheyrjou to six months in jail. He had been sentenced to five years in jail with two of those years spent in exile in Kermanshah.

In April 2011, demonstrators in Tabriz and Orumieh demanded Lake Orumieh be saved.

HRANA reports that Kheyrjou was arrested in the protests demanding government action to save the rapidly drying Lake Oroumiyeh.

The appeals court reduced the jail terms to six months and rescinded the exile.

Lake Oroumiyeh is disappearing at an alarming rate, and the government has not yet come up with any concrete plans to save Iran's largest inland lake.

Lake Urmia (Orumieh) is a salt lake in northwestern Iran near Turkey. The lake is between the provinces of East Azarbaijan and West Azarbaijan, west of the southern portion of the similarly shaped Caspian Sea. It is the largest lake inside Iran, and the third salt water lake on earth, with a surface area of approximately 5,200 km square (2,000 mile square). ( View Larger Map)


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