According to opposition website Jaras, Vafaei-Basir, who heads the Civil Society Party, has been sentenced to three years in prison as well as 75 lashes. The ruling was handed down by Judge Ghaderi of the second branch of the revolutionary court of Hamedan. The charges against him included “insulting the leadership,” “insulting the president”, “inviting elements of a dissident group for a speech”, “writing and circulating publications[s]” and “being in possession of a satellite.”
Vafaei-Basir was arrested along with three other members of the Civil Society Party after issuing a statement regarding the fraudulent 2009 presidential election. The members were tried and all received six-month jail-terms suspended for five years. Vafaei-Basir himself was arrested in Hamedan province before opposition protests on 27 December 2009, and was released on bail after a week.
He was subsequently tried for insulting the officials, supporting patriotic-religious groups and being an active member in Mousavi’s election campaign.
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