Leading Iran reformist sentenced

Ulhas Joglekar ulhasj at bom4.vsnl.net.in
Tue Nov 30 16:31:35 PST 1999

28 November 1999 Leading Iran reformist sentenced TEHRAN: An Iranian court controlled by hard-liners handed down jail time on Saturday to a close ally of Iran's moderate president - the latest chapter in a political power struggle over democratic changes pushed by the country's reformers. Abdollah Nouri, a former interior minister and head of the popular Khordad daily, was sentenced to five years in jail, said Fariba Davoodi, Khordad's public relations director. He also was banned from holding any media-related position for five years, Davoodi said. She spoke to reporters outside the Tehran courthouse. Nouri was also fined $5,000, and his newspaper was ordered to close, Davoodi said. He was to be taken to prison directly from the court, she said. The move against Nouri apparently was an attempt to derail democratic reforms advocated by him and his ally, President Mohammad Khatami. Hard-liners had feared losing the presidency of parliament to Nouri after February 18 elections, but he is technically barred from the elections because of the verdict. ``I just spoke to Mr. Nouri on his cell phone and asked him if he felt dejected,'' said Ali Hekmati, editor-in-chief of Khordad. ``He told me he was in good spirits.'' Nouri, flanked by eight bodyguards, arrived at the court in a BMW. Afterwards, police lined the 11/4-mile route from the court to Evin prison on the foothills of the Alborz Mountains in northern Tehran. Earlier this month, a clerical jury found Nouri guilty on 15 charges, including insulting Islam. The jury's opinion went to the judge, who issued the verdict and handed it to Nouri, a middle-ranking cleric.(AP) For reprint rights: Times Syndication Service

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