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Prominent Iranian academic sentenced to 18 months in jail

Iranian students clash with riot police during an anti-government protest around the University of Tehran, Iran

A prominent Iranian academic was given an 18-month jail sentence on Tuesday after giving an interview to German news organization Deutsche Welle, according to a press release from DW.

Sadegh Zibakalam, a political science professor at Tehran University, was charged with giving an interview to a foreign news organisation in the Persian language and “propaganda against the order of the Islamic Republic and spreading false information,” the release said.

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DW said it had spoken to Zibakalam by phone on Tuesday.

The charges stem from an interview the professor gave to DW’s Persian language service on 1 January in which he talked about the protests taking place across Iran at the time.

Zibakalam will appeal the sentence, the release said.

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