Hossein Derakhshan appeal denied

Cyrus Farivar | Featured, Iran
9 Jun 2011

Both BBC Persian and Radio Farda (Radio Free Europe) are reporting that the Iranian “blogfather’s” latest appeal of his 19.5 imprisonment sentence has been denied. As I have blogged previously, Derakhshan was charged and convicted of: “conspiring with hostile governments, disseminating anti-Islamic propaganda, disseminating anti-revolutionary propaganda, blasphemy, and operating and managing obscene pornography websites.”

He was ordered to serve 19.5 years in prison, is banned for five years from joining any Iranian political party and is required to pay €30,750, $2,900 and 200 British pounds. He was temporarily released from prison on two occasions, once in December 2010 and another time more recently, in May 2011.

At that time he posted publicly on his Facebook page: “On a very short leave from Evin.”

But also found time to respond to a few quick questions from me:

[Update September 24, 2011: Image removed at Hossein's request]

Update 12:04am PDT: All my previous blog coverage of Hossein Derakhshan is collected here.

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  7. B.J. Murphy-Bridge says:

    Greetings from Nova Scotia, Canada .
    RE: Hossein Derakhshan ( Iran-Canadian Blogger)

    I was hoping that the Iranian authorities would come to their senses and release him so it is with great disappointment I read his appeal has been rejected. .

    I will be contacting our Foreign Affairs Minister, Lawrence Cannon, on behalf of Hossein and ask if anything is being done to help with his release.

    , I would very much appreciate an address for Mr. Derakhshan so I can send him a card either C/O Evin.Prison or a relative who is able to visit him there.

    Sincerely ,
    ‘BJ’ ( Aug. 10, 2011)

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