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The appeals court reduced the jail terms to six months and rescinded the exile.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)
- Iranian Energy Minister Hamid Chitchian said on Wednesday that a revival of the Lake Urmia will take 10 to 15 years and cautioned that any politically motivated promise that the lake will be restored in a short time will be "treason against the Lake Urmia and the people." - 1/9/14
- All but 15 percent of Lake Orumieh, Iran's largest inland lake, has disappeared, environmental experts say. Hassan Abbasnejad, the head of the Western Azerbaijan Province Department of the Environment, said: "Only six percent of the southern part of the lake currently remains and in total 85 percent of the lake area has been lost." - 11/19/13
- A Belgian company has announced that it is ready to try to restore Iran's Lake Urmia, 70 percent of which has dried up over the past few years. Tractebel Engineering Company has put in a request to Iran's Foreign Ministry in this regard - 4/27/13