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          Iran activist gets eight years in jail: report
          (AFP) — Nov 14, 2009
          TEHRAN — A court has sentenced a student activist who was charged with joining protests
          after Iran's disputed presidential election to eight years in jail, a reformist website reported on
          Saturday, quoting his wife.
          “Two years of this sentence are for another conviction for acting against national security, and
          the rest relates to protests after the election,' Abdollah Momeni's wife, whose first name was
          not given, told the Mowjcamp website which backs opposition leader Mir Hossein Mousavi.
          She did not elaborate on her husband's earlier conviction, but said that he did not take part in
          “any gathering” during the post-election protest in June.
          Saturday's report comes two weeks after London newspaper The Times reported that Hossein
          Rassam, an Iranian employee of the British embassy, was jailed for four years after being
          found guilty of fomenting post-election violence.
          In early October, the judiciary said that three people arrested after the unrest had been
          condemned to death, despite a global outcry over the mass trials of people who claimed
          M ahmoud Ahmadinejad's re-election was rigged.
          Deadly street protests broke out in Iran after the election.
          About 4,000 people were arrested, and 140 of them, including senior reformers and journalists,
          have been put on trial charged with seeking a “soft” overthrow of the regime and with inciting
          protests.
          Under Iranian law, convicts may appeal their sentences, which must be upheld by both the
          appeals court and the supreme court before they are carried out.
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