June 21, 2006
CRN-C: Neyestani And Qassemfar To Be Tried In Iranian Revolutionary Court
An office in Iran with the by-itself semi-nightmarish name of "The Prosecutor's Office in Charge of Investigating Government Employees Offenses" has referred cartoonist Mana Neyestani and his editor Mehrdad Qassemfar, both previously of the newspaper Iran
, to stand in Islamic Revolution Court
under changes of inciting ethnic unrest. The IRC tends to deal with the country's most severe and troubling crimes, and is further bad news for the cartoonist and editor, arrested after civic unrest was tied into a cartoon by Neyestani in the paper's weekly Iran Jomeh
featuring a cartoonist speaking in a minority language.
A single judge alone will try the case. Authorities have asked for the highest penalty possible.
The announcement came from Cartoonists Rights Network -- Canada
, an offshoot of Cartoonists Rights International formed June 9.
posted 3:15 am PST
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