Former Iranian nuclear negotiator sentenced to seven years in prison

A former member of the Iranian nuclear negotiating team has been sentenced to seven years in prison.

According to opposition website Kaleme, Shahin Dadkhah, a former advisor to the Supreme National Security Council, has received a two-year jail term plus a suspended five-year sentence for his alleged ties to a “hostile state.”

During the presidency of Mohammad Khatami (1997-2005), Dadkhah was a member of the team led by chief negotiator Hassan Rohani. Kaleme suggests that Dadkhah’s arrest and jail term could be part of a wider campaign against Rohani and his former staff.

In May 2007, Hossein Mousavian, a key figure in the nuclear talks, was arrested and handed down a suspended jail sentence for undermining national security.

The next round of nuclear talks between Iran and the six major powers (US, UK, France, Germany, Russia and China) are scheduled to be held in Baghdad next Wednesday. The last round of talks, described as “positive”, were held in Istanbul on 14 April.

Hassan Rohani, former Iranian Secretary for National Security (C), former British Foreign minister Jack Straw (L) and former French Foreign minister Dominique de Villepin (Gerard Cerles/AFP/Getty Images)

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