|He made the statement as a criticism of Friday prayer leader Ayatollah Ahmad Alamolhoda, who has banned concerts in
the holy city of Mashhad which is home to the Imam Reza shrine.
"Alamolhoda says that dancing and music is an insult to Imam Reza! Come on, don't lie, Imam Reza is one of us," wrote
Mir-Esmaili in a tweet which is no longer available but was reprinted by numerous media.
Mir-Esmaili was found guilty of insulting Islam and government officials, spreading falsehoods and publishing immoral
content, his laywer Hossein Ahmadiniyaz told ISNA Monday.
"There are many faults to this verdict as my client criticized officials in the form of satire but unfortunately they have
considered this as an insult," said Ahmadiniyaz.
He planned to appeal after being informed of the sentence Sunday, the lawyer added.
Mir-Esmaili apologized shortly after the initial post, saying: "I did not insult Imam Reza in any way. I am Muslim and a
Shiite and I only wanted to criticize Alamolhoda."
He implied he had been physically threatened, saying: "To those who claim they are Muslims, why do they threaten to
throw acid and murder?"