CBC | September 28, 2010

A Canadian-Iranian blogger has been sentenced in Tehran to 19 years in prison after being convicted of creating anti-government propaganda.

Hossein Derakhshan was arrested in Tehran on Nov. 1, 2008.

He was tried on charges of collaborating with enemy states, creating propaganda against the Islamic regime, insulting religious sanctity and creating propaganda for anti-revolutionary groups.

There were fears that Derakhshan could have faced the death penalty, but the conservative website Mashreghnews.ir, which has close ties to the office of Iran’s president, said he has been given a prison term.

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