RELIGION

Son of dissident cleric begins prison term

FILE -- In this Jan. 30, 2003 file photo, Grand Ayatollah Hossein Ali Montazeri, Iran's most-senior dissident cleric, right, talks to clerics and his son Ahmad, left, in Qom, 78 miles (125 kilometers) south of Tehran, Iran. Iran's semi-official Fars news agency reported Wednesday, Feb. 22, 2017 that Ahmad Montazeri, the son of late cleric Grand Ayatollah Hossein Ali Montazeri, has begun serving a six-year prison term. In November, 2016, a clerical court sentenced Ahmad Montazeri to six years in prison for publishing a tape recording of his father condemning the execution of thousands of prisoners in 1988 at the end of the country's protracted war with Iraq. (AP Photo/Vahid Salemi, File)

FILE -- In this Jan. 30, 2003 file photo, Grand Ayatollah Hossein Ali Montazeri, Iran's most-senior dissident cleric, right, talks to clerics and his son Ahmad, left, in Qom, 78 miles (125 kilometers) south of Tehran, Iran. Iran's semi-official Fars news agency reported Wednesday, Feb. 22, 2017 that Ahmad Montazeri, the son of late cleric Grand Ayatollah Hossein Ali Montazeri, has begun serving a six-year prison term. In November, 2016, a clerical court sentenced Ahmad Montazeri to six years in prison for publishing a tape recording of his father condemning the execution of thousands of prisoners in 1988 at the end of the country's protracted war with Iraq. (AP Photo/Vahid Salemi, File)  (The Associated Press)

Iran's semi-official Fars news agency is reporting that the son of late dissident cleric Grand Ayatollah Hossein Ali Montazeri has begun serving a six-year prison term.

In November, a clerical court sentenced Ahmad Montazeri to six years in prison for publishing a tape recording of his father condemning the execution of thousands of prisoners in 1988 at the end of the country's protracted war with Iraq. A website close to his family confirmed Wednesday that Ahmad Montazeri has been sent to prison after being summoned by the court.

For years, Ayatollah Hossein Ali Montazeri, who died in 2009, had accused the country's ruling Islamic establishment of imposing a dictatorship in the name of Islam, and persisted with his criticism after the disputed presidential election in June of that year.