Iran sends analyst, opposition supporter to prison

AP News
Posted: Dec 02, 2009 6:21 AM

A semi-official Iranian news agency says a well-known political analyst and the brother-in-law of the country's top opposition leader have been sentenced to prison.

The sentencing is part of the mass trial of opposition figures accused of fomenting Iran's post-election unrest.

The Fars agency reported on Wednesday that analyst Saeed Leilaz _ known for his criticism of the government _ got nine years for possession of classified documents.

The Revolutionary Court also slapped the brother-in-law of opposition leader Mir Houssein Mousavi with a one-year sentence. Shapour Kazemi was arrested for attending opposition rallies this summer that challenged President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad's disputed re-election.

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Both have 20 days to appeal their sentences.

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