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Iranian Activist Lashed 74 Times For 'Insulting' Ahmadinejad

Activist Peyman Aref was lashed before being released from the notorious Evin prison on October 9.
Activist Peyman Aref was lashed before being released from the notorious Evin prison on October 9.
The picture below is the back of student activist Peyman Aref, who was lashed 74 times for "insulting the Iranian president."

Aref was lashed on October 9 before being released from Tehran's Evin prison, where he had spent the last 11 months because of his political activism.

Aref's wife, Samira Jamshidi, told RFE/RL's Radio Farda his interrogators and the chief of staff of Tehran's prosecutor were present when the lashing sentence was carried out.

She said the lashing sentence was apparently related to a letter Aref wrote in which he criticized President Mahmud Ahmadinejad over the increasing pressure on universities.

She described the sentence as "revenge" against Aref by the authorities, who she said weren't able to break him through other methods, including solitary confinement.

At least two other political activists have been lashed in recent weeks.

-- Golnaz Esfandiari
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by: Niusha from: iran
October 09, 2011 22:10
I'm so sorry because for the judiciary system Ahmadinejad is not important at all (maybe today for the regime he is not important at all) moreover, there are many people every day insult Ahmadinejad & his chief of staff in a very bad way but now they claim they punished this student for insulting Ahmadinejad. I see it as another move against Ahmadinejad in recent months and after rift between him and Khamenei.

by: Camel Anaturk from: Kurdistan
October 10, 2011 11:51
Sorry for the guy,but who`s gonna give some lashes to the rfe /rl people for their biased,shallow,one-way pro-turkish reporting and cheap propaganda??? Seems nobody,so I suggest they give themself a coupla lashes,or pay the turks some money to do it more professionally.Or maybe the generous turkeys should do it for free,with the billons of help they get from their puppeteers.Shukran.

by: Demetrius Minneapolis from: My House
October 10, 2011 23:21
Maybe I'll just shut my big mouth... Naaaa.
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by: Mickey the Mouse from: Langley, Virginia
October 11, 2011 11:03
Aaaagh,dear Dimpetreaus,never mind other people`s mouths,just put a tap on your hind-parts and convert to Islam,before yer arab friends force you to do it voluntarily.Shukran,my dear fellow,and dont forget to pay the mortgage on yer house of the rising sun!!!!

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