Iranian Court Sentences 10 Jews to Jail and Lashings for Spying

Of the seven others, civil servant Nasser Levihaim was sentenced to 11 years; store clerk Ramin Farzam 10; shopkeeper Javid Bent-Yacoub nine; shopkeeper Farhad Seleh eight; religion teacher Shahrokh Paknahad eight; religion teacher Farzad Kashi eight; and Faramarz Kashi five.

Three others — Tefilin’s brother Omid, Navid Balazadeh and Nejatollah Brukhimnejad — were acquitted, Naseri said. The three have been out on bail since February.

“None of these verdicts and sentences are final and all can be appealed,” Naseri said. “We are relieved that there were no death sentences.… I urge family members of the defendants to remain calm.”

Hossein Ali Amiri, the judiciary chief of Fars province, where the trial was held, said two Muslim suspects also were acquitted, and another two Muslims received sentences similar to those given the Jews. Little information has been released about the Muslims involved.

The Associated Press contributed to this report.

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