Tehran University professor convicted of anti-government propaganda

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 University of Tehran professor convicted of anti-government propaganda

An Iranian court has sentenced influential sociology professor Said Madani Gakhfarokhi to eight years in prison, his lawyer told reporters today.

Madani, 62, who has published books on topics such as prostitution, violence against women, child abuse and drug addiction in Iran, has been imprisoned since May last year.

“My client was sentenced to eight years in prison for creating a hostile group and one year for propaganda against the system.” ;, — Mahmoud Behzadirad, his lawyer, said, adding that the verdict was final and not subject to appeal.

Madani, a professor at Tehran's Allameh Tabatabaei University, had previously been arrested several times and had been serving a six-year prison term since 2011.

Iran has been rocked by a wave of protests since mid-September over the death in custody of 22-year-old Mahsa Amini, who was accused of violating the Islamic Republic's dress code for women.

“Because my client is in prison, some officials consulted him to find ways to deal with the violence” that erupted during the protests, — says Behzadirad.

Earlier this month, Madani published from prison an analysis of the protest movement, in which he wrote that it represented a “vision for the future of Iran.”

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