Friday, March 19, 2010

Marashi, Former Iran VP, Jailed

Former VP Hossein Marashi
2008 File Photo

Iran has jailed a former vice president and prominent reformist Hossein Marashi. Mr. Marashi, a vice president in Khatami’s administration from 1997 to 2005, was convicted for spreading propaganda against the Islamic Republic and is give a one-year sentence. He was a supporter of the Green movement.

Mr. Marashi was taken to Tehran’s notorious Evin prison on Thursday. Jailing such prominent figure on the eve of the Persian New Year was a highly unusual move by the authorities, manifesting the growing rifts in the Islamic Republic.

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