Hashem Aghajari speaks at Tehran University in front of a large portrait of Iranian
President Mohammad Khatami (news - web sites) in this 1999 file photo. Aghajari,
a prominent reformist scholar, was sentenced to death on charges of insulting Islam's
prophet and questioning the hard-line clergy's interpretation of Islam, his lawyer
said Thursday, Nov. 7, 2002. Aghajari is a close ally of President Khatami and a
leading member of the reformist political party Islamic Revolution Mujahedeen Organization.
Ali Afshari, a student leader, is seen at right. (AP Photo/Hasan Sarbakhshian)
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