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Website Says Iran Protester Gets Death Sentence


TEHRAN (Reuters) -- An Iranian court has handed down a death sentence on a man who took part in opposition protests over a disputed election in June, a reformist website has reported.

"Mowjcamp," which gave no source for the report, said a judge had informed Mohammad Reza Ali-Zamani about the verdict on October 5. It said Ali-Zamani is a member of a pro-monarchist group, but did not give details about the charges against him.

A semiofficial news agency, Mehr, said in August he was accused of fighting against the Islamic establishment and active membership of a "terrorist" royalist association, and other crimes.

There was no immediate comment from the authorities.

There have been no other reports of death sentences issued against people involved in huge demonstrations that erupted after the presidential poll, which the opposition says was rigged in favor of hard-line President Mahmud Ahmadinejad.

Under Iranian law, such verdicts can be appealed to a higher court.

Ali-Zamani was among more than 100 opposition supporters, including senior reformist figures, who were accused of fomenting post-election street unrest in a series of mass trials that got under way in August.

The authorities have rejected opposition charges of vote rigging. They have portrayed the protests as a foreign-backed bid to undermine the Islamic Republic.

The June election plunged Iran into its deepest internal crisis since the 1979 Islamic revolution, when the U.S.-backed shah was toppled.
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