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Iran Journalist Faces Execution

February 8, 1998

TEHRAN, Iran (AP) _ A leading Iranian journalist convicted of espionage will be executed soon, newspapers reported Sunday.

The hard-line Jomhuri Islami daily said Iran’s supreme court had upheld the death sentence of Morteza Firoozi, former editor of the English-language Iran News.

Firoozi was found guilty of spying for three unidentified countries, the paper said. Sources had earlier said he was accused of spying for the United States.

Qods, another hard-line newspaper, quoted sources as saying that Firoozi’s execution was ``imminent.″

Firoozi, who is in his mid-forties, has been jailed since May.

The country’s hard-line newspapers had often criticized Iran News, a paper close to the Foreign Ministry, for being too moderate in its stance toward the United States.

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