Several Iranian news websites are reporting that Mostafa Akhavan, a student pilot and member of the National Trust party (established by opposition leader Mehdi Karrubi in 2005) has been sentenced to one year in prison on security- related charges connected to his activities on Facebook.
The charges for which Akhavan has been sentenced reportedly include “acting against [Iran’s] national security, propaganda against the Islamic establishment over chanting slogans on Facebook, dissemination of news related to the Green Movement, membership in Facebook, issuing calls for illegal gatherings, conducting interviews with overseas media, and sending e-mails and articles to websites and networks opposing the [Iranian] regime.”
The website that Akhavan’s prison sentence will not be enforced for five years because he had no prior convictions.
Akhavan’s prison sentence is the second that has been reported in Iran recently connected to Facebook activities.
, another Iranian citizen, Houshang Fanaian, was sentenced in May to one year in prison for diss…