(ANSA) - TEHRAN, JAN 11 - The journalist, and general secretary of the 'Democratic Front of Iran', Heshmatollah Tabarzadi is accused of "corruption on earth", a crime for which the death penalty is foreseen in Iran.
His lawyer Mohammad Moghimi made it known, citing a hearing yesterday where Tabarzadi, arrested in recent days, is accused of 20 different crimes.
The 63-year-old journalist, a former political prisoner who had denounced Supreme Leader Ali Khamenei in the past, had already been jailed in September during the first days of the anti-government protests that erupted in reaction to the death of Mahsa Amini, the 22-year-old who lost her life after being jailed custody by the moral police because she was not wearing the veil properly.
According to the Tehran Journalists Association, out of 70 reporters who have been arrested during demonstrations since September, 30 are still in jail.
Among them, some received harsh sentences such as sports journalist Ehsan Pirbornash, sentenced to 10 years in prison, and photojournalist Yalda Moaiery, known worldwide for a photo taken during a demonstration in 2017, which was sentenced to 6 years.