Iran Pro-Reform Journalist Gets 10 Years in Prison
Iranian journalist Akbar Ganji has been sentenced to 10 years in prison and a further five years of exile from Tehran for attending an "un-Islamic" political conference in Germany, sources told AFP Saturday.
Two interprets, Said Sadr and Khalil Rostam-Khani, were given 10 and nine years respectively in connection with the conference last April, a family of one of the accused said.
Four others on trial were slapped with jail terms ranging from four to five years, while a fifth was given a three-year suspended sentence.
Six people were acquitted, they said, while two other people were convicted but their punishments were not immediately known.
The judiciary said last month that the conference, held to consider the future of the reform movement after reformists won control of parliament in February elections, was aimed at overthrowing the clerical regime.
Conservatives were outraged after state television repeatedly broadcast "un-Islamic" footage from the seminar, which was disrupted by the exiled Iranian opposition, showing a man disrobing in protest and a woman dancing with bare arms.
The head of the Tehran judiciary said last month that one of the most prominent defendants -- Jamileh Kadivar, wife of former culture minister Ataollah Mohajerani -- would be acquitted -- TEHRAN (AFP)