Iran Human RightsIran student activist sentenced to jail: report

Iran student activist sentenced to jail: report

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AFP: An Iranian student activist has been sentenced to one year in prison for acting against national security, his lawyer told the ISNA news agency on Monday. TEHRAN (AFP) — An Iranian student activist has been sentenced to one year in prison for acting against national security, his lawyer told the ISNA news agency on Monday.

Babak Zamanian “was given the maximum sentence for acting against national security by propaganda against the system, which is punishable by three months to one year in jail,” lawyer Behnam Daraiezadeh said.

He said he would appeal the verdict against Zamanian, who was arrested in April 2007 and released on a 500-million rial (53,000 dollars) bail.

Zamanian was a student in Amir Kabir university, one of the most political hotbeds in the capital, where President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad was heckled during a 2006 speech to students.

Three other Amir Kabir students have been sentenced to jail terms of up to three years on charges of publishing anti-Islamic images in four reformist student newspapers.

Ahmad Ghassaban, Ehsan Mansouri and Majid Tavakoli denied the charges, accusing political foes of planting the images in the newspapers to discredit them. They are still being held despite expectations they would be released on bail.

Over the past few months, several students at prominent universities in Tehran have been arrested during demonstrations calling for the release of the three who have been detained since May 2007.

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