Monday, March 3, 2008

Iranian-American Convicted by Revolutionary Court

Radio Farda correspondent Parnaz Azima was convicted by Tehran's 13th Revolutionary Court of “spreading anti-state propaganda” and sentenced to one year in prison, Radio Farda reported today. The Iranian-American journalist was not in Iran during the court's ruling on Saturday.

Radio Farda is the US-funded Persian service of Radio Free Europe/Radio Liberty wih its headquarters in Prague.

Azima traveled to Tehran last year on a personal visit but was kept in Iran after the Iranian authorities seized her passport. Azima was later charged. She had her passport returned in September and was allowed to leave Iran after posting bail.

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