Blogger Kaveh Taheri sentenced to three years

HRANA News Agency – The Iranian blogger Kaveh Taheri has been sentenced to 3 years in prison for propaganda against the regime.  In a separate charge, a bail approximately equivalent to $50,000 has also been set for him.
According to a report by Human Rights Activists News Agency (HRANA), Taheri is being held in Adel Abad Prison in Shiraz.  Presiding over the first branch of the Revolutionary Court, Judge Mahmoud Sadati handed down the maximum penalty allowed, sentencing Taheri to three years in prison on charges of insulting the Supreme Leader and propaganda against the regime with the intent to benefit the opposition groups.
Taheri’s lawyer has appealed the ruling, and the case will be sent to the higher court soon.  Three days ago, the court issued another ruling, setting Taheri’s bail on a separate charge of blasphemy.
Taheri was arrested on September 23, 2012 by security agents.  His house was searched, and his personal belongings such as his computer, notes and laptop were seized.

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