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Former Iranian Leader's Daughter Jailed For 'Spreading Propaganda'

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Iran's hard-line judiciary has sentenced the daughter of late Iranian President Akbar Hashemi Rafsanjani to jail for "spreading propaganda against the regime," Iranian news media reported on March 17, RFE/RL reports.

It was the latest move against pro-reform opposition in the Islamic republic ahead of a presidential election on May 19, when hard-line rivals of pragmatist President Hassan Rohani hope to regain control of executive power.

"Again, Faezeh Hashemi has been sentenced to six months' jail because of her critical remarks about the judiciary and the guards," the opposition website Kalemeh said, saying she was accused of "antistate propaganda, spreading lies against the judiciary and the Islamic Revolutionary Guards Corps."

Hashemi, 55, has directed her strongest criticism against the head of the judiciary authority, Ayatullah Sadiq Amli Larajani, who reformist lawmakers accuse of corruption and benefiting from bails paid to the courts.

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