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June 21, 2006

CRN-C: Neyestani And Qassemfar To Be Tried In Iranian Revolutionary Court

imageAn 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.
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