Serhat TUNAR -TDO- In Iran, prison sentences of between 4 and 10 years for 8 environmental activists accused of collaborating with the United States government and conducting espionage activity against military centers were upheld by the Supreme Court.

Gulam Hossein Ismaili, a spokesman for the Judiciary, spoke at a news conference in the capital Tehran about verdicts on environmental activists being tried on espionage charges, according to IRNA, Iran's official agency.

Ismaili stated that the previous prison sentences were upheld by the Supreme Court; Murad Takbaz, Nilufer Beyani, Humen Cukar, Tahir Kadiriyan, Sam Rejebi and Sepide Kashan Dust were sentenced to 6 to 10 years in prison on charges of cooperation with the United States government.

Ismaili noted that Emir Hussein Haleki Hamidi was sentenced to 6 years for espionage and Abdurriza Kuhpaye was also sentenced to 4 years in prison for the crime of action against national security.

Meanwhile, the AP news agency reported that Takbaz, who was sentenced to 10 years in prison, also holds United States and UK citizenship.

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