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Wednesday, February 04, 2009



On Wednesday February 4 , 2009 a division of court in Tehran (# 1059) sentenced four journalists and bloggers to eight and a half years imprisonment and 124 lashes.

Four years ago these four bloggers- Shahram Rafizadeh, Ruzbeh Mirebrahimi, Omid Memarian and Javad Gholamtamimi were arrested , interrogated and detained , each for several months. These case in Iran known as " Blog writers " case.
Among the four bloggers , Javad Gholamtamimi is still in Iran - Shahram is in Canada, Ruzbeh and Omid are in US.

Shahram Rafizadeh was allegedly accused of " participation in illegal socities", " propagating against the state ", " publication of lies" and "public disturbance" . He was sentenced to 9 months prison term and 20 lashes. His two other charges is still under review.

Ruzbeh Mirebrahimi was allegedly accused of " participation in illegal socities", " propagating against the state ", " publication of lies" , "insulting the leader "and "public disturbance". He was sentenced to two yearsand two days imprisonment and 84 lashes . His two other charges is still under review.

Omid Memarian was allegedly accused of " participation in forming illegal societies", " membership in illegal socities" , " propagating against the state ", " publication of lies", " keeping gambling tools" . He was sentenced to two years and six months imprisonment , 10 lashes and 500,000 "Tuman" ( equal to $500 cnd ) fine. His two other charges is still under review.

Javad Gholamtamimi was allegedly accused of " participation in forming illegal societies", " , " propagating against the state ", " publication of lies", "public disturbance". and " trason to country. He was sentenced to three years and three months imprisonment and 10 lashes.


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