DUBAI, Sept 26 (Reuters) - A close aide to Iranian President
Mahmoud Ahmadinejad and head of the country's state news agency
(IRNA) started a six-month prison term on Wednesday, an apparent
sign of the continuing feud between the president and Supreme
Leader Ayatollah Ali Khamenei.
Ali Akbar Javanfekr was one of several Ahmadinejad aides
targeted by hardline rivals last year who accused the president
of being in the grip of a "deviant current" of advisers seeking
to undermine the role of clergy in the Islamic establishment.
The sentence relates to his conviction last November for
publishing an article about Islamic dress that was deemed
offensive to public decency, IRNA reported.
Three months later he was also convicted of insulting
Khamenei on his personal website. It is not clear how or when
Javanfekr, who is Ahmadinejad's press adviser, was arrested
and taken to Evin prison just as the president was addressing
the United Nations General Assembly in New York, the report
The feud between the Iran's elected and unelected leaders
erupted in public last year after Khamenei reinstated
intelligence minister Heydar Moslehi, who Ahmadinejad had
Earlier this year, the 56-year-old ultra conservative became
the first president in the history of the Islamic republic to be
summoned to parliament to face a grilling by hostile MPs.
Speculation that he faced impeachment has proven unfounded
and Ahmadinejad is expected to see out his last year in office.
(Reporting by Marcus George; Editing by Stephen Powell)