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May 15, 2003
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A not guilty plea was entered on behalf of an Iranian Jew who was charged with a series of arsons on religious buildings in Los Angeles. Farshid Tehrani with charged Tuesday with 12 counts of arson, terrorism and vandalism for attacks on three synagogues, a Bahai center and a Presbyterian church over a recent two-week period. He is being held on $750,000 bail, with a preliminary hearing scheduled for May 28. If convicted on all counts he could face 22 years in prison. Tehrani, 40, came to the United States from Iran 16 years ago.

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