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Thursday, July 23, 1998 Published at 10:56 GMT 11:56 UK

Tehran mayor gets 'definite' jail term

The Mayor of Tehran, Gholam-Hossein Karbaschi, was sentenced on Thursday to five years in prison for embezzlement.

He was also banned from holding government-related posts for 20 years, and ordered to repay a large amount of money to Tehran council.

The court suspended a 60-lash flogging sentence, and freed him on bail pending his appeal.

The verdict, as reported by the state news agency, was broadcast on Iranian Radio.

Iranian Radio female announcer in Persian The court investigating the charges against Mr Gholam-Hossein Karbaschi announced its verdict today.

According to a report by the Central News Unit, the verdict against Mr Karbaschi is as follows: In view of the charges against him, he is condemned to a total of five years definite jail term.

Furthermore, in connection with the embezzlement charge, he was banned from holding government jobs for a period of 10 years.

In addition, for his collaboration in various transactions, he was banned from holding government jobs or working in firms affiliated to the government and public organizations for a further period of 10 years.

That is, he cannot hold such jobs over a total period of 20 years.

On the basis of the same report, Mr Karbaschi is ordered to return a total sum of 17,946,842,200 rials to the municipality.

He is also fined one billion rials in cash.

Mr Karbaschi was also given a sentence of a 60-lash flogging, which will be suspended for four years.

Other charges against him were dropped.

The judge, Mr Mohseni-Ezheh'i declared that the file is not closed and that Mr Karbaschi will remain free on bail until the end of the deadline for appeal.

The verdict can be appealed against within 20 days. BBC Monitoring (, based in Caversham in southern England, selects and translates information from radio, television, press, news agencies and the Internet from 150 countries in more than 70 languages.

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