WHO HERE BELIEVES THIS GUY WILL EVER BE SEEN AGAIN?

HOW LONG WILL IT BE BEFORE REPORTS OF HIS DEATH ARE RELEASED? IRAN IS NOTORIOUS FOR HANDING OUT LIFE SENTENCES THAT ONLY LAST A FEW MONTHS BEFORE THEIR PRISONERS ‘MYSTERIOUSLY’ DIE….

 

Canadian-Iranian blogger Hossein Derakhshan in Toronto in this file photo. - Canadian-Iranian blogger Hossein Derakhshan in Toronto in this file photo.

Canadian-Iranian blogger sentenced to 19 years in prison

Tehran— The Associated Press
Published Tuesday, Sep. 28, 2010 8:47AM EDT
Last updated Tuesday, Sep. 28, 2010 8:53AM
An Iranian news website says a court has sentenced a well-known Canadian-Iranian blogger to more than 19 years in prison.

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The conservative website, Mashreghnews.ir, which is close to Iran’s presidential office, says Hossein Derakhshan was convicted on charges of co-operation with hostile countries, spreading propaganda against the ruling establishment, promotion of counterrevolutionary groups and insulting Islamic thoughts and religious figures.

The report says Mr. Derakhshan can appeal.

Mr. Derakhshan, who made trips to Israel and blogged in both English and Farsi, has been in prison since 2008. It’s unclear if he would benefit from time served.

Iranian authorities have arrested numerous bloggers in recent years in a bid to clamp down on Internet dissent.

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