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Iran jails activist turned journalist for six years

Palestinian Foreign Minister Riad Malki, left, speaks during the "Non-Aligned Movement Ministerial Committee on Palestine Meeting on Situation in Gaza" while his Iranian counterpart Mohammad Javad Zarif, right, listens, at the Parsian-e-Azadi Hotel in Tehran, Iran, Monday, Aug. 4, 2014. (AP Photo/Vahid Salemi)

TEHRAN: A former Iranian student leader and reformist turned journalist has been jailed for six years for undermining national security and spreading propaganda, less than 12 months after he returned home.

The sentence handed down to Serajeddine Mirdamadi is the latest in a series of convictions of academics, activists and reporters for crimes officially deemed as damaging to the Islamic Republic.

Mirdamadi “was sentenced to five years for acts against national security and one year for spreading propaganda against the regime,” Ghiti Pourfazel, his lawyer, told official IRNA news agency.

“We will definitely appeal,” Pourfazel added.

Mirdamadi was active in student politics and worked in the Interior Ministry during the first term (1997-2001) of reformist president Mohammad Khatami. He later left Iran and only returned from France last year.

 
A version of this article appeared in the print edition of The Daily Star on August 06, 2014, on page 10.

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