Another reformist politician in Iran convicted


Published in Neue Zürcher Zeitung (Switzerland) on January 17 2010
Source (German)

Sentenced to six years in prison for participating in protests

(sda/afp) Again, a reformist politician in Iran has received a long prison term. Mohsen Safai Farahani is an aide of opposition leader Mir Hossein Moussavi. As concordantly reported by opposition websites on Sunday, he was sentenced to six years imprisonment.

The 61 year old politician is an aide to opposition leader Mir Hossein Moussavi. He is a member of the reformist party IIPF and from 2000 – 2004 was a member of the Iranian parliament. From 1998 – 2002 he headed the Iranian Soccer Association.

Farahani along with other reformist politicians and journalists was arrested after the controversial presidential elections of 12. June. “Last night he was informed that he received a six year prison term”, reported Iranian internet sites. There was no information about his charges.

The protests following the presidential elections of 12. June had plunged Iran into the severest domestic crisis after the founding of the Islamic Republic 30 years ago.

Dozens of people were killed in the unrest, more than 4000 dissidents were arrested. The opposition accuses Mahmoud Ahmadinejad, the re-elected president, of electoral fraud.


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