جمعه ۱۹ آذر ۱۳۹۵ تهران ۰۵:۴۷ - ۹ دسامبر ۲۰۱۶
Iran's Supreme Court has overturned the conviction of a prominent pollster who was jailed for allegedly selling classified information to foreign intelligence agencies. Pro-reform activist Abbas Abdi was convicted in November 2002 after conducting a poll showing strong public support for dialogue with the United States.
He was reportedly released from prison yesterday. His lawyer, Saleh Nikbakht, said today that the Supreme Court earlier this month (May 2) had overturned the ruling on the grounds that polling public opinion did not constitute passing classified information.
Abdi angered Iran's hard-line clerics after his poll reported that 74 percent of Tehran residents supported dialogue with the United States.
Washington and Tehran have not had diplomatic relations since Iran's 1979 Islamic Revolution.