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Monday, 16 July, 2001, 12:54 GMT 13:54 UK
Iran court increases journalist sentence

An appeals court in Iran has extended the prison sentence imposed on a prominent Iranian journalist, Akbar Ganji, from six months to six years.

Mr Ganji was convicted of damaging state security by attending a conference in Berlin on the future of Iran.

In May, his ten-year sentence was reduced on appeal to six months.

But the prosecutor complained and the case was referred to a higher court.

A BBC correspondent says Mr Ganji, a supporter of the reform movement in Iran, made enemies by naming members of the conservative establishment as being responsible for the killing of dissidents and intellectuals.

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