Iran sentences 11 cyber-activists to jail on charges of having ties to foreigners

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Baku, Azerbaijan, June 20

By Umid Niayesh - Trend:

A court in Iran's south eastern Kerman province sentenced a group of already jailed cyber-activists to prison terms ranging from 1 to 11 years on charges of breaching national security.

The Kerman Prosecutor Yadollah Movahhed said on June 19 that the sentenced persons are members of Paat Shargh Govashir technology group who had ties with foreign media and were preparing technical service for anti-government websites, Fars news agency reported.

He went on to add that the verdict is not final and can be appealed.

Movahhed noted that the "defendants have "confessed" their guilt.

The mentioned Paat Shargh Govashir company owns Narenji, which was publishing tech news.

Eight Narenji bloggers, along with another eight cyber activists, were arrested by the Islamic Revolutionary Guard Corps (IRGC) in last December, accused of cooperation with Western news networks, designing and updating websites educating citizen reporters and cooperation with opposition websites.

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