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Prominent Iranian Dissident Released From Jail


http://gdb.rferl.org/60973A61-E473-4E21-B24A-3F7DC430CE45_w203.jpg --> http://gdb.rferl.org/60973A61-E473-4E21-B24A-3F7DC430CE45_mw800_mh600.jpg 7 February 2005 -- Prominent Iranian dissident cleric Hassan Yusefi-Eshkevari was today reported to have been released from jail after serving four years of a seven-year prison sentence.

Yusefi-Eshkevari was arrested in 2000 after attending a controversial conference in Berlin on Iran's future.

He was originally defrocked and branded an apostate, a capital offense in Iran, but was later sentenced to seven years' imprisonment after being found guilty of insulting religious sanctities and spreading lies.

(AFP)
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