Iranian journalist Saeed Pourheydar has been sentenced to five years in jail for his role in the protests that followed the controversial 2009 presidential election.

Saeed Pourheydar

Saeed Pourheydar

The Human Rights Activists News Agency (HRANA) reports that Pourheydar’s sentence was issued on Monday August 3 by Judge Maqiseh.

Pourheydar was arrested during the election protests of 2009.

He left Iran upon his release from prison and returned to the country last February, only to be arrested upon arrival and transferred to Evin Prison. Following interrogations, he was then transferred to Rejaishar Prison in Karaj, where he remains to this day.

He is charged with “propaganda against the regime, insulting the leader and publishing falsehoods on the internet”.

Pourheydar is currently awaiting the outcome of his appeal.