Student activist flees Iran to escape jail sentence

Student activist Ali Kanturi has jumped bail and fled Iran after a two-year struggle against his country's legal system.

Last month he learned that he had been sentenced to 15 years in jail after being found guilty of abduction and extortion. His lawyer describes the charges as "astonishing" and Kanturi says he is innocent.

He had already been given a 32-month jail term for the lesser charge of acting against national security. The BBC's Persian language service caught up with Kanturi the day after he reached the city of Van, in eastern Turkey.

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