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Iranian-American academic gets 12 years in unrest

21 October 2009 No Comment

The Iranian regime sends protestor to prison for 12 years.

TEHRAN, Iran – Iran ignored appeals by Hillary Rodham Clinton and even rock star Sting and sentenced an Iranian-American academic to 12 years in prison Tuesday for his alleged role in anti-government protests after the country’s disputed presidential election.

The sentence for Kian Tajbakhsh was the longest prison term yet in a mass trial of more than 100 opposition figures, activists and journalists in the postelection turmoil.

At the same time, Iran allowed another defendant to leave the country — Canadian-Iranian Maziar Bahari, a Newsweek journalist arrested in the same crackdown who had been freed on bail over the weekend.

Bill Roggio’s comprehensive report: Iraqi forces detain Iranian Revolutionary Guards operative provides more news on the Regime’s latest nefarious activities.

“Iraqi security forces detained a wanted man in central Basrah,” an official at Multinational Force Iraq told Voices of Iraq. “The man, a suspected member of the Iranian Revolutionary Guard, carries arms and munitions from a neighboring country into Iraq with the aim of backing the militias and armed groups.”

Iraqi security forces have detained four Iranian operatives since the beginning of October. On Oct. 1, the US military announced that Iraqi paramilitary police from the National Emergency Response Brigade arrested Khalid Masur Isma’il during a raid in the Shia slum of Sadr City. Isma’il served as “financier and recruiter” for the Hezbollah Brigades, or Kata’ib Hezbollah, a Shia terror group that receives funding, training, logistics, guidance, and material support from the Qods Force.

Two other Hezbollah Brigades operatives have been captured in Baghdad this month. On Oct. 3, Iraqi troops arrested a man thought to be affiliated with the Hezbollah Brigades during a raid in Baghdad. Another Hezbollah Brigades operative was detained on Oct. 12, also in Baghdad.

The arrest of the Islamic Revolutionary Guards Corps officer comes just one day after the group suffered a devastating suicide attack that killed five senior Qods Force officers in Sistan-Baluchistan province in eastern Iran.

Recall it was back in July when the Obama Administration released 5 Iranian officials suspected of helping militants in Iraq. The men received a hero’s welcome in Iran.