[Marxism] Ahmadinejad stooge gets 19 year prison term for being "anti-Islamic"
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Wed Jul 13 08:14:05 MDT 2011
Iranian blogger loses appeal against 19-year sentence
Hossein Derakhshan's conviction upheld for crimes including
co-operating with hostile countries, following Israel trip
by Saeed Kamali Dehghan
Iran's appeals court has upheld the conviction of a renowned
blogger who was sentenced to 19 years in prison, his family said.
Hossein Derakhshan, an Iranian with joint Canadian citizenship,
was arrested in November 2008 after returning to his home country.
The 36-year-old, regarded as one of Iran's first bloggers and
known among many as the "blogfather", was convicted last
September. He was found guilty of co-operation with hostile
countries, spreading propaganda against the regime and insulting
Islamic thought and religious figures.
Derakhshan's family told the Iranian media that an appeals court
has confirmed his sentence. His punishment also includes a
five-year ban on belonging to any political or media organisations.
Derakhshan, who has contributed articles to the Guardian's Comment
is Free website, drew the attention of Iranian authorities when he
travelled to Israel in 2006 and posted a series of articles about
his visit. Iran does not recognise Israel and bans all its
citizens from travelling there.
After his visit to Israel he resumed blogging and was forthright
in his support for hardline president Mahmoud Ahmadinejad – a
stance that infuriated many fellow bloggers as well as opposition
Some bloggers believe Derakhshan was confident he would not be
arrested because of his support for Ahmadinejad.
Following his arrest the blogger was detained for 500 days before
being charged, his family say. His first trial was held in June 2010.
Meanwhile, Iranian human rights groups announced that Sakhi Reigi,
an Iranian blogger from the country's Baluch ethnic minority, has
been sentenced to 20 years in jail. Another blogger, Hossein
Ronaghi-Maleki, has been in prison since December 2009 after being
sentenced to 15 years. Navid Mohebbi, an 18-year-old blogger and
high school student, was recently given a three-year suspended
Persian is among the world's top languages used in blogs.
Ahmadinejad launched a campaign against Iran's online community
soon after he took the office for the first time in 2005. Many
bloggers have since been arrested and some have been given lengthy
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