TEHRAN, Iran - An Iranian news website said Tuesday a court has sentenced a well-known Canadian-Iranian blogger to more than 19 years in prison.
The conservative website, Mashreghnews.ir, which is close to Iran's presidential office, said Hossein Derakhshan was convicted on charges of co-operation with hostile countries, spreading propaganda against the ruling establishment, promotion of counterrevolutionary groups and insulting Islamic thoughts and religious figures.
The report said Derakhshan can appeal.
Derakhshan, who made trips to Israel and blogged in both English and Farsi, has been in prison since 2008. It was unclear if he would benefit from time served.
Last week, Canadian Journalists for Free Expression and PEN Canada said Derakhshan's family had told them that the Iranian prosecutor was calling for the death penalty.
They said they were joining the family in asking for the Canadian government to intervene in the case.
Iranian authorities have arrested numerous bloggers in recent years in a bid to clamp down on Internet dissent.
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