Wednesday, 18 February 2009

Radio Netherlands Worldwide: Iranian-born activist sentenced to 30 years

Wednesday 18 February 2009 08:12 UTC

The son of human rights activist Abdullah al-Mansouri has announced his father has been sentenced to 30 years in Iran. Mr al-Mansouri, who was born in Iran, fled to the Netherlands in 1998 and has been an active member of Amnesty International ever since.
He was arrested while travelling to Syria and extradited to Iran, where he was charged with terrorism for supporting the Arab minority in Ahvaz. Ahvaz is an oil-rich region near the Persian Gulf which seeks autonomy. Since his arrest, the Dutch government has repeatedly called on Iran to ensure that Mr al-Mansouri receives a fair and open trial.

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