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Moderates launch last-minute bid to pardon former Tehran mayor

TEHRAN, May 5 (AFP) -More than 70 moderate Iranian MPs and government officials called Wednesday for the pardon of former Tehran mayor Gholamhossein Karbaschi, due to begin serving a two-year jail term on Thursday.

The officials sent a letter asking supreme leader Ayatollah Ali Khamenei to pardon Karbaschi, the conseravtive Kayhan International newspaper reported.

Karbaschi, a leading reformer close to moderate President Mohammad Khatami, has been free since his conviction last year on corruption charges.

But he was issued a warrant last week indicating he would have to turn himself in no later than Thursday.


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