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Iran Jails Rights Activist For Six Years

Shiva Nazar Ahari was arrested in December
Iran has sentenced a human rights activist to six years in prison on charges of antigovernment activities.

Shiva Nazar Ahari is a founder of the Committee of Human Rights Reporters in Tehran. She was arrested in December on her way to the funeral of Grand Ayatollah Hossein Ali Montazeri, the spiritual mentor of the opposition Green movement which opposes the reelection of hard-line President Mahmud Ahmadinejad last year.

She was convicted of plotting against the state, among other charges.

Her lawyer, Mohammad Sharif, said she has to pay a $400 fine as an alternative punishment to 74 lashes.

The lawyer also vowed to appeal the verdict, saying there was "no legal basis" behind the charges.

Reports last week claimed that Ahari had been released from prison after posting bail of around $500,000.

compiled from agency reports