Iran's Ahmadinejad denied visit to Evin prison

By REUTERS
October 22, 2012 09:53

 
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DUBAI - Iran's judiciary on Sunday has blocked a request by President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad to visit Tehran's Evin prison where a top presidential aide is being held, a further sign of his waning influence in a last year in office.

Ali Akbar Javanfekr, Ahmadinejad's press adviser and head of the country's state news agency IRNA, was sent to Evin in September to serve a six-month sentence for publishing an article deemed offensive to public decency.

He was also convicted of insulting Iranian Supreme Leader Ayatollah Ali Khamenei on his personal website, though it is unclear how or when this happened.

The judiciary turned down the request, saying it was not in the best interests of the country as it faces an economic crisis which parliamentary rivals blame as much on mismanagement by Ahmadinejad's administration as Western sanctions.

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