Two Iranian activists back in jail: reports
Two Iranian political activists who had been given a break from prison during the new year holidays are back behind bars to serve their jail terms, opposition websites reported on Wednesday.world Updated: Apr 14, 2010 12:27 IST
Two Iranian political activists who had been given a break from prison during the new year holidays are back behind bars to serve their jail terms, opposition websites reported on Wednesday.
Abdollah Momeni, a top reformist student activist and an aide to opposition leader Mehdi Karroubi, returned to Tehran's Evin prison after authorities refused to extend his leave, Sahamnews.org reported. It did not say when he reported back to jail.
Sahamnews.org, which is run by Karroubi, said that Momeni, who has been sentenced to six years in jail, had been out on bail of USD 800,000.
Jahanbakhsh Khanjani, a member of the reformist Executives of Construction party and former interior ministry spokesman during ex-president Mohammad Khatami's presidency, is also back in jail, Kaleme.com reported.
Kaleme.com, which is run by defeated June 2009 presidential candidate Mir Hossein Mousavi, added that Khanjani has been sentenced to six years in jail for "acting against national security" and "propagating against the regime".
Iran hardliners have launched a massive crackdown since the June 2009 presidential election after the opposition charged that the poll was rigged.
Scores of reformist politicians, journalists and activists critical of the government have been rounded up since then.
A handful of activists were released last month ahead of the Iranian new year. Some of them are still out on bail and expected to return to jail in the next few days.