Updated: Fri, 19 Mar 2010 08:00:25 GMT | By Agence France-Presse

Iran jails top reformist: opposition website

Iran has jailed a top reformist after an appeals court upheld a one-year sentence for spreading propaganda against the Islamic republic, an opposition website said on Friday.


Iran jails top reformist: opposition website

Iran jails top reformist: opposition website

Hossein Marashi, a leading member of the Executives of Construction group close to former president Akbar Hashemi Rafsanjani, "was taken to Tehran's Evin prison on Thursday," the kaleme.com website said.

The appeals court also upheld a ban on his engaging in any party political activity for six years, the website added.

Marashi's group was a leading supporter of former prime minister Mir Hossein Mousavi in his election campaign against hardline President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad last June.

Official results giving Ahmadinejad victory drew hundreds of thousands of protesters onto the streets alleging fraud, prompting a crackdown on dissent.

The courts have sentenced several top reformists and political activists to varying jail terms after convicting them of acting against the regime.

Several detainees have been released on bail in recent weeks, but news reports say 10 protesters charged with taking part in the post-election unrest have been sentenced to death.

On January 28, Mohammad Reza Ali Zamani and Arash Rahmani Pour, two members of a monarchist group, were executed. It was unclear when they were arrested, but they were put on trial alongside several post-election protesters.

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