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Former Tehran mayor appeals again for retrial on corruption charges

TEHRAN, April 21 (AFP) - Tehran's former moderate mayor Gholamhossen Karbaschi, convicted last year of corruption, lodged another appeal to the supreme court Wednesday seeking a retrial, his lawyer said.

The move followed the failure Tuesday of a similar appeal to the supreme court by Karbaschi, who faces arrest at any time to serve a two-year jail term imposed in December.

If Karbaschi's latest appeal is accepted by the court, implementation of the sentence would be postponed, his lawyer Bahman Keshavarz said, without saying how this court action differed from earlier appeals.

Karbaschi, politically close to reformist President Mohammad Khatami, was forced out of office last year and sentenced to five years in prison and a 20-year ban on holding public office on corruption charges that he insisted were a political set-up.

In December the sentence was reduced by an appeals court to two years in jail and a 10-year ban.

Although he is officialy suspended from all functions, Karbaschi's successor as Tehran mayor has yet to be named.

Karbaschi's trial was widely seen among reformers and moderates as a politically motivated attack by the regime's conservatives and hardliners.


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