Iran sentences Newsweek journalist

PA News

A Newsweek reporter has been sentenced in absentia to more than 13 years in prison and 74 lashes, raising concerns about a new Iran government crackdown ahead of the anniversary of disputed presidential elections.

Maziar Bahari, a dual Canadian and Iranian citizen, was among scores of political activists and other figures detained amid a crackdown following disputed presidential elections last year.

Bahari spent nearly four months in jail but was released on bail of 3 billion rials (£202,137) and allowed to leave the country to join his British wife in London in October.