Iranian Court Orders Reformist Journalist Jailed

Published May 30th, 2000 - 02:00 GMT

An Iranian court ordered Monday reformist journalist jailed, the latest sign of a crackdown on pro-reform media and writers, reported the Associated Press.  

Emadeddin Baqi was taken to Evin prison after being tried in a press court with no jury, his wife, Fatemeh Kamali told the agency.  

Baqi's lawyer, Masoud Haeri, said the detention was illegal.  

"They cannot try a journalist without a jury," he was quoted as saying, adding that he would object through legal channels.  

Baqi was tried in connection with articles he wrote last year in the now-banned Neshat daily that questioned aspects of Islamic law.  

He also has accused senior hard-line officials - including former Intelligence Minister Ali Fallahian and former President Hashemi Rafsanjani - of involvement in the 1998 murders of five dissidents, the agency added.  

The Intelligence Ministry has admitted some of its agents were involved in the murders. The agents are believed to have been sympathetic to hard-liners, who recently lost control of parliament to reformers in elections.  

"The wave of arresting and imprisoning journalists is clearly aimed at stalling the reforms," Baqi said last month after he was ordered to appear in the court - Albawaba.com 

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