Iranian student sentenced to eight years in prison


Published in “Neue Zürcher Zeitung” (NZZ, Switzerland) on November 14, 2009

(sda/afp) After the protests against the disputed presidential election, an Iranian student has been sentenced to eight years in prison. This was reported by the website Mowjcamp, a site which supports the defied candidate Mir Hossein Moussavi, with reference to the wife of the convict.

On Saturday she told the website that her husband Abdollah Momeni had not participated in the protests against the re-election of head of state Mahmoud Ahmadinejad in June. Two years of the sentence were imposed for the charge of activities against national security, the remaining six years for his alleged participation in the protests.

Two weeks ago, the London newspaper “The Times” had reported that an employee of the British embassy in Tehran was sentenced to a four year imprisonment. He was declared guilty of instigating violence in connection with the protests.

In early October the Iranian judiciary hat announced that three of those arrested after the mass demonstrations had been sentenced to death. About 4000 people had been arrested after the protests, 140 of them were put on trial.

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