Wednesday, July 02, 2008

Freedom for Batebi Student activist interview with VoA after escape from Iran
PART 1 -- PART 2 -- PART 3 -- PART 4 -- PART 5 -- PART 6
Ahmad Batebi gained notoriety for his appearance on the cover of The Economist magazine holding up a bloodied shirt belonging to a fellow student who had been beaten by the Basij paramilitaries. The photo, which has been called "an icon for Iran's student reform movement," was taken during the Iranian Student Protests in July 1999 in Tehran. Following its publishing, Batebi was arrested, tried in closed-door proceedings, found guilty of "creating unrest," and sentenced to death. This was reduced to 10 years after domestic and international outcry.

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