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پنجشنبه ۱۸ آذر ۱۳۹۵ تهران ۱۵:۵۶ - ۸ دسامبر ۲۰۱۶

POLITICS: Pollster Appears Before Appeals Court


Pollster and reform faction theoretician Abbas Abdi, who is serving a five-year sentence for spying, appeared before an appeals court on Tuesday. “I won’t say anything, because you dare not publish what I have to say,” he told reporters after the hearing. Pollster and reform faction theoretician Abbas Abdi, who is serving a five-year sentence for spying, appeared before an appeals court on Tuesday, but refused to talk to reporters after the hearing. “I won’t say anything, because you dare not publish what I have to say,” he told reporters. Abdi, who leaves jail on day-long furloughs every week, was detained last Spring, along with three other executives of an opinion poll company associated with the culture ministry. They were charged with selling “classified” information to US and Britain, including the results of a poll that showed 74 percent of respondents favored the resumption of US-Iran relations. A leader of the group of “students” who stormed the US embassy in 1979 and took 52 US diplomats hostage for 444 days, Abdi was among the first reformist theoreticians who advocated exiting from the regime as a means to battle the mounting pressure from the conservatives against the Khatami government and his reformist allies in the previous Majles.
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