Iran: Economist jailed for criticizing government

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December 26, 2010 20:27

 
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An Iranian news agency says authorities have confirmed that remarks by an economist critical of the government's subsidy cuts were the reason for his detention.

The Sunday report by the semiofficial Mehr news agency quotes Abbas Jafari Dowlatabadi, Tehran's chief prosecutor, as saying Fariborz Raeis Dana was detained because he criticized the government's pricing program.

Authorities detained Raeis Dana after he called the subsidy cuts plan a "hallucination" in an interview with BBC Persian service, saying they would bring no benefit to the Iranian people.

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