Iran confirms death sentence for six opposition activists

The six were accused of belonging to the exiled and outlawed People's Mujahedeen, the opposition group the Islamic republic's regime calls "the hypocrites."

Three were arrested after opposition protests during the Shiite mourning holiday of Ashura last December, Dolatabadi said, naming them as "Ahmad Daneshpour Moghadam, Mohsen Daneshpour Moghadam and Alireza Ghanbari."

"Their death sentences have been confirmed, but they have asked to be pardoned," the Fars news agency quoted Dolatabadi as saying.

It quoted the prosecutor as saying the death penalty for the other three, Mohammad Ali Saremi, Jafar Kazemi and Mohammad-Ali Haj-Aghai who were arrested in September last year, had also been confirmed.

Dolatabadi had announced in January that 10 people arrested during opposition protests that followed the re-election last June of President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad had been sentenced to hang.

He added that three other people had been sentenced to jail after an appeal court overturned death sentences against them.

Motahare Bahrami Haqiqi, Reyhane Haj Ebrahim and Hadi Qaemi had been arrested during Ashura protests in December.

Meanwhile ISNA news agency, quoting a statement from the prosecutor's office, said that a death sentence against student Mohammad Amin Valian was reduced to three-and-a-half years in prison by an appeal court.

Azar Mansouri, a senior leader of reformist political party the Islamic Iran Participation Front, was handed a three-year prison term in an appeal court, ISNA said.

Elsewhere the ILNA news agency reported that Masoud Bastani, a reformist journalist, was handed a six-year jail term in an appeal court.

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