Reformist Iranian MP gets six months for threatening
TEHRAN, May 24 (AFP) - A reformist Iranian MP has been sentenced to
six months in jail for using a gun to threaten a conservative member of
the supervisory boards which oversaw February's local elections, newspapers
Mojtaba Musavi Ojaq, a moderate MP from Kermanshah in western Iran,
was found guilty of threatening the unnamed conservative board member during
a public meeting in April.
The court also sentenced him to an 80 dollar fine, the papers said.
Ojaq has 20 days to lodge an appeal -- like all Iranian MPs, he enjoys
no parliamentary immunity.
Ojaq has repeatedly been accused of making armed threats during heated
discussions over the municipal elections with conservative members of the
The conservative-dominated boards infuriated moderates by seeking to
disqualify several key reformist candidates in the local elections, the
first in Iran's history.