IRAN: Court cuts jail term for US-Iranian scholar

An Iranian appeal court has reduced to five years the jail sentence for an Iranian-American scholar detained after last year's disputed election and accused of espionage, an Iranian news agency reported on Wednesday, according to Reuters. In October, official media said Kian Tajbakhsh was sentenced to more than 12 years in jail.

"The appeal court sentenced my five years in jail," said lawyer Houshang Azhari, the semi-official Fars News Agency reported. "It was a very good reduction...about two-thirds of the initial sentence," he said. Last year, the US State Department said it had been told that Tajbakhsh was jailed for 15 years and it urged Tehran to immediately release him, saying the United States was deeply concerned about the long jail term.

Tajbakhsh was among thousands of people detained after the presidential poll in June last year, which plunged the Islamic Republic into turmoil. He was accused of espionage and acting against national security.
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