Leadership Council for Human Rights

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Thursday, August 16, 2007

Fate of Iranian-American scholars still unclear

The fate of two detained Iranian-Americans remains unknown, even after Iranian judicial authorities announced the completion of their investigation, according to Radio Free Europe/Radio Liberty.

The detainees, Haleh Esfandiari and Kian Tajbakhsh, are facing security charges, but many fear that the two will be coerced into making false confessions in order to secure their release.

Human rights groups, prominent politicians, and relatives of the detainees have established websites and voiced concern over their fate, especially after new reports stated that the scholars are facing difficult physical and psychological conditions in prison.

There has been much debate surrounding the arrests and a recent incident involving Radio Farda broadcaster Parnaz Azima, who has been barred from leaving Iran, has only added to the tensions between Tehran and Washington.

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