Tuesday, September 27, 2005

Iran jails dissident student leader

Iranian dissident student leader Ali Afshari has been sentenced to six years in jail for "attacking national security", a source close to him said.

He was also sentenced to five years deprivation of civic rights, which bars him from holding any official post, such as teaching, as well as public speaking. READ MORE

Afshari can appeal both Revolutionary Court verdicts, according to AFP.

The activist, a member of a pro-reform student movement known as the Office to Consolidate Unity, has spent three years behind bars since 2000 including one year in solitary confinement.

In 2001, Afshari appeared on Iranian state television confessing to a plot to overthrow the clerical regime and apologising to supreme leader Ayatollah Ali Khamenei for his "mistakes".

He later said he had made the confession under duress.