Jailed adviser of Iran leader given medical leave

AP News
Posted: Dec 20, 2012 6:21 AM

TEHRAN, Iran (AP) — An Iranian newspaper says prison authorities have allowed the former press adviser of President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad to leave jail for medical treatment.

Thursday's report by the state-owned IRAN daily says Ali Akbar Javanfekr will return to Tehran's Evin Prison after a four-day leave to treat an undisclosed medical problem.

This is the first leave for Javanfekr since he was jailed in September. He has been serving in six-month sentence for "publishing material contrary to Islamic norms" and insulting Supreme Leader Ayatollah Ali Khamenei.

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The charges are believed linked to Ahmadinejad's political battles with Khamenei.

An Iranian court convicted Javanfekr in 2011 and banned him from journalism activities for three years.