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Iran monarchist condemned to death: website

world Updated: Oct 08, 2009 21:04 IST

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A member of a group seeking to restore Iran's monarchy has been sentenced to death for his involvement in the unrest that followed the disputed June presidential election, a reformist website reported on Thursday.

Mohammad Reza Ali Zamani, who belongs to the Kingdom Assembly of Iran, was among scores of people arrested over mass demonstrations against the re-election of President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad, reported.

It said he appeared in court on August 8 and was informed of the sentence against him on Monday.

"He was taken from Evin prison on Monday to the revolutionary tribunal, where he was informed of the verdict," the website said.

No official comment on the report was immediately available.

In August, the semi-official Mehr news agency said Zamani was accused of being "mohareb (at war with God) for participating in the terrorist Kingdom Assembly of Iran, for insulting religious values, for propaganda against the regime and for participating in a demonstration whose aim was to act against the security of the state."

Mehr said Zamani "accepted" the accusations against him.

However, Mehr quoted Zamani's lawyer as saying that because the man had not borne arms, he could not be mohareb, and asked for clemency.

Under Iranian law, convicts may appeal their sentences, which must be upheld by both the appeals court and the supreme court before they are carried out.

Kingdom Assembly of Iran is headed by US-based Iranian television personality Forood Fooladvand.

The group claimed responsibility for the April 2008 bombing of a mosque in the southern Iranian city of Shiraz that killed 13 people and wounded more than 200.

There is a sizeable diaspora of Iranians in Iran's arch-foe, the United States, some of whom support Reza Pahlavi, son of Iran's last shah, deposed in the 1979 Islamic revolution.

Massive street protests broke out in Iran following Ahmadinejad's re-election in what his leading opponents claimed was a rigged poll.

At least 30 people -- and by opposition accounts 72 -- were killed in the protests. About 4,000 people were initially arrested and 140, including senior reformers and journalists, have stood trial on charges of seeking a soft overthrow of the regime and inciting protests.