Sunday, November 22, 2009

Iran releases ex-official on Bail Bond in mass trial, from Bail Bondsman in Los Angeles

Former vice president Mohammad Ali Abtahi, second right, in prison uniform among other defendants, sits at the court room in Tehran, Iran, in August. Abtahi, a top reformer has been sentenced to six years in jail after he stood trial on charges of fomenting unrest to topple the Iranian regime, his lawyer said Sunday.

TEHRAN, Iran - A former vice president has been released on bail in the mass trial of opposition figures accused of fomenting the Iran's post-election unrest, the official IRNA news agency reported on Sunday.

Tehran prosecutor Abbas Jafari Dolatabadi said that Mohammad Ali Abtahi was released on a $700,000 bail after the verdict was delivered. The report did not say what his sentence was.

Earlier on Sunday the defendant's lawyer, Saleh Nikbakht said a court sentenced Abtahi to six years in jail for fomenting the unrest after the disputed June presidential election,Abtahi, who served as a vice president during former President Mohammad Khatami's two terms from 1997-2005, is the most senior former official among the more than 100 people on trial since August.

Khatami is now one of the leading figures in the pro-reform movement in Iran.

Last week, state television reported that five defendants in the mass trial have been sentenced to death and 81 got prison terms ranging from six months up to 15 years.

Abtahi made televised confessions after his arrest in which he admitted provoking people to riot. But his family and other opposition figures said the statements were coerced and similar claims have been made about other defendants' confessions during the trial.

Rights groups and opposition figures in Iran have criticized the court proceedings as a "show trial."

In the weeks following the June 12 election, the opposition led massive street protests that drew hundreds of thousands and supporters clashed with security forces. They claimed fraud after authorities declared President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad the winner of a second term, and the protests were the most serious internal unrest in Iran in the 30 years since the Islamic Revolution.

Iran's clergy-led establishment accused the protesters of trying to stage a "velvet revolution." A harsh crackdown ended the demonstrations and a security sweep went far beyond rounding up just protesters on the streets, snatching up rights activists and journalists, as well as pro-reform politicians.

The government has stopped short of indicting the most visible opposition leaders, presidential candidates Mir Hossein Mousavi and Mahdi Karroubi, but there have been signs in recent weeks that could change. The opposition says Mousavi is the rightful winner of the election.

As we are Bail Bondsman running a Bail Bonds service in Los Angeles and Licensed to conduct Bail business throughout California, we were suprised to see that that the country of Iran had a type of bail for defendants awaiting trial or sentencing. We will provide more information on this story as it does relate to bail or bail bonds.


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