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Press group: Iran arrests Nobel laureate’s aide

Apr 25, 2012, 1:06 PM

DUBAI, United Arab Emirates (AP) – A press watchdog group says Iran has arrested a close associate of Nobel Peace Prize laureate Shirin Ebadi.

Wednesday’s statement by Paris-based Reporters Without Borders says the group “strongly condemns” the jailing of Narges Mohammadi.

Mohammadi was a spokeswoman for Ebadi’s now-banned Center for Human Rights Defenders.

She was reportedly detained on Saturday and brought to Tehran’s Evin prison to begin serving a six-year sentence following a conviction in 2010 after she was accused of anti-government crimes.

Mohammadi had remained free pending appeals.

Ebadi left Iran after the disputed re-election of President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad in 2009, which touched off unprecedented protests and harsh crackdowns by authorities.

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Press group: Iran arrests Nobel laureate’s aide