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Iran Student Missing After Meeting U.N. Envoy

An Iranian student jailed for his role in street protests four years ago has disappeared after meeting a senior United Nations official in Tehran, a close relative said Tuesday. Ahmad Batebi was convicted of endangering national security when he was photographed holding up the bloody shirt of an injured friend during violent student protests in 1999 which were the largest since the 1979 Islamic revolution. Batebi was originally sentenced to death but his sentence was later reduced to 10 years jail time after an appeal. A relative said Batebi, who was on a brief furlough from Tehran’s Evin prison, Saturday met Ambeyi Ligabo, a U.N. Special Rapporteur charged with promoting free speech. Full Story

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