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Facebook activists sentenced to prison, lashes in Iran

Eight Iranian Facebook activists have been sentenced to prison for terms ranging from eight to 21 years.
EDITORS' NOTE: Reuters and other foreign media are subject to Iranian restrictions on their ability to film or take pictures in Tehran. 

An Internet user tries to log onto social networking site Facebook in Tehran in this May 25, 2009 file photo. The Farsi text reads "Dear Customer, access to this site is not possible. In the event that this site has been mistakenly filtered please email with the name of the domain and any other necessary explanation." Internet messages have been circulating

Eight Facebook activists in Iran were sentenced to a total of 127 years in prison, according to the administration’s Islamic Republic News Agency (IRNA).

Two of the individuals were given the harshest of the punishments: over 18 and 19 years in prison in addition to a fine and 50 lashes. The other individuals received 21, 20, 16, 12, 11 and eight years in prison.

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