Ahmadinejad's aide in prison as Iran president addresses U.N.

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

this happened.

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

added.

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

sacked.

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)

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