Hossein Derakhshan's conviction upheld for crimes including co-operating with hostile countries, following Israel trip.

This article titled “Iranian blogger loses appeal against 19-year sentence” was written by Saeed Kamali Dehghan, for guardian.co.uk on Thursday 9th June 2011 14.15 UTC

Iran's appeals court has upheld the conviction of a renowned blogger who was sentenced to 19 years in prison, his family said.

Hossein Derakhshan, an Iranian with joint Canadian citizenship, was arrested in November 2008 after returning to his home country. The 36-year-old, regarded as one of Iran's first bloggers and known among many as the “blogfather”, was convicted last September. He was found guilty of co-operation with hostile countries, spreading propaganda against the regime and insulting Islamic thought and religious figures.

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