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Khamenei’s Brother-In-Law Jailed For 20 Years

December 19, 1995 GMT

TEHRAN, Iran (AP) _ An Islamic court has sentenced the brother-in-law of Iran’s spiritual leader, Ayatollah Ali Khamenei, to 20 years in prison for collaborating with Iraq during the 1980-88 war and collaboration with Iranian opposition.

An Iranian daily quoted officials Tuesday as saying the sentence was considered lenient because the court Sheik Ali Tehrani’s age into account. He is 70 and reported to be in poor health.

The newspaper did not say when the court passed sentence, but it was believed to have been in the last few days.

It said Tehrani was sentenced to 20 years ``imprisonment in exile.″ The newspaper did not explain what that unusual sentence entails, but Iranian sources said it was likely Tehrani will be imprisoned outside of Tehran, probably in a remote town where access to him will be difficult.

The sources said Tehrani will likely die behind bars.

The newspaper said the Islamic court ruled that Tehrani was guilty of collaborating with Baghdad during the 1980-88 war, in which an estimated 1 million people on both sides were killed or wounded.

He was also convicted of ``warring with God″ by collaborating with the Mujahedeen Khalq, the main Iranian opposition movement that is based in Iraq.

During that war, Tehrani broadcast ``anti-Iranian propaganda″ from Baghdad.

He surrendered to Iranian border authorities last June after more than 10 years in Iraq.