The Iranian judiciary has sentenced social media activist Ramin Alinia Tazehkand to a total of six years in prison, according to reports received by IranWire, as the Islamic Republic is stepping up its clampdown on dissent and the media.
Branch 15 of the Tehran Revolutionary Court sentenced Tazehkand to five years and one year in prison on charges of "gathering and colluding to act against national security" and "propaganda" against the regime for posting content critical to the Islamic Republic on the Instagram page Gundam.
According to the Islamic Penal Code, Tazehkand will have to serve five years in prison, the longest sentence.
The activist was also banned form traveling abroad, from joining political parties or groups and from carrying out online activities for two years.
He was arrested on November 8 last year.