Posted by: bahareiran | September 30, 2010

Iran sentences blogger to 19.5 yrs. of prison

The sentence of Iranian blogger Hossein Derakhshan was announced today to his lawyer. According to a sentence which was issued today by the 15th branch of the Revolutionary Court in Tehran headed by Judge Salavati, Derakhshan who was arrested in October 2008 was sentenced to 19 and a half years of prison, a five year ban on membership in parties and media activities and returning funds given to him in the amount of 3,750 euros, 2,900 dollars and 22 British pounds on charges of cooperating with hostile countries, propagating against the Islamic government, advertising for anti-revolutionary grouplets, insulting sanctities and running and managing immoral websites.

Hossein Derakhshan was one of the first to blog in Farsi and wrote about himself, politics and the Iranian culture in both Farsi and English in his weblog called ‘My Own Editor’.

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