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AFP
March 14, 2018

Iran academic says sentenced to 18 months for ‘propaganda’

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AFP
March 14, 2018

TEHRAN: A prominent Iranian political analyst close to reformists said Tuesday he had been sentenced to 18 months in prison for propaganda against the regime. Sadegh Zibakalam, a professor of political science at the University of Tehran who supports the government of President Hassan Rouhani, said he planned to appeal. In a video posted on Facebook, Zibakalam said that in addition to the jail term he had been ordered to refrain from all political and social media activity as well as writing in the press for two years. Zibakalam is known for his criticism of Iran’s foreign policy, in particular its bitter rivalry with the United States and Israel. The judiciary-linked Mizan Online news agency had reported on Monday the start of Zibakalam’s trial in a revolutionary court in Tehran.

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