Iran prosecutor says Web sites insulted president, files lawsuit

Iran prosecutor says Web

The Teheran prosecutor has filed a lawsuit against two Web sites and their license holders for insulting Iranian President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad, state TV reported Tuesday. The suits target the conservative Jahannews and Alef news Web sites, the report said. Alef is owned by lawmaker Ahmad Tavakoli, who has often criticized Ahmadinejad and last year led a campaign against his then-interior minister, who resigned after it was revealed he had a fake doctorate from Britain's Oxford University. Jahannews asserted in October that Ahmadinejad helped foment Iran's post-election unrest with his rhetoric against opponents. The TV report said Teheran prosecutor Abbas Dowlatabadi was "filing a suit" against the two for insulting the president. It was not clear whether he would seek to shut the sites down or pursue action against their license holders.