updated 1/22/2009 8:05:30 AM ET 2009-01-22T13:05:30

Two internationally renowned Iranian AIDS physicians have been sentenced to six and three years in prison for allegedly taking part in a U.S.-backed plot to topple Iran's Islamic system, their lawyer said Thursday.

Attorney Masoud Shafii said authorities notified him this week of the sentences handed to the two physicians and brothers. He said he will appeal.

Arash and Kamyar Alaei were convicted over the weekend .

The prosecution of Alaei brothers raised an outcry among international human rights groups.

Two other unnamed persons were sentences with the doctors but their identities or length of prison terms unknown.

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