Iran General NewsIran reformers jailed over vote unrest: lawyers

Iran reformers jailed over vote unrest: lawyers

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ImageAFP: Iran has sentenced two reformist politicians to five-year prison terms for provoking street riots after the country's disputed June presidential election, their lawyers said on Sunday.
ImageTEHRAN (AFP) — Iran has sentenced two reformist politicians to five-year prison terms for provoking street riots after the country's disputed June presidential election, their lawyers said on Sunday.

Hedayat Aghaie was accused of "disrupting the public order by provoking people to riot, propagating… saying that the votes were rigged and acting against national security," said lawyer Ali Reza Jafarian.

The official IRNA news agency quoted the lawyer as saying Aghaie was still being tried for some other charges such as bribery and insulting regime officials.

Aghaie is a high-ranking member of the reformist body Executive of Construction, which is seen close to former president Akbar Hashemi Rafsanjani and had supported defeated candidate Mir Hossein Mousavi.

Separately, "Shahab Tabatabai, a senior official of Mir Mossein Mousavi's campaign for the June 12 presidential election, was sentenced to five years in prison," his lawyer Farzam Ardalan said in a report by the news agency ILNA.

Both men will appeal against the ruling, according to the lawyers.

Mousavi has repeatedly charged the June 12 poll was rigged to return Mahmoud Ahmadinejad to power.

Iran has already sentenced to death three other people who were detained in the post-vote unrest.

Massive street protests broke out in Tehran following Ahmadinejad's re-election for a second four-year term.

About 4,000 people were arrested during the demonstrations, and 140 of them including senior reformers and journalists have been put on trial for seeking a "soft" overthrow of the regime and for inciting protests.

Under Iranian law, convicts may appeal their sentences, which must be upheld by both the appeals court and the supreme court before they are carried out.

Reformist websites say the government continues to arrest its opponents, and there are also strong calls by various hardliners for the arrest and trial of Ahmadinejad's main challengers in the poll, Mousavi and cleric Mehdi Karroubi.

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