Leadership Council for Human Rights

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Wednesday, September 26, 2007

Fourth Iranian-American detainee released

Ali Shakeri, a member of the Center for Citizen Peacebuilding at the University of California, Irvine, was released Monday night from Iran’s Evin Prison after being imprisoned there since May, The New York Times reported Tuesday.

Shakeri was held on security-related charges similar to fellow Iranian-American detainees Haleh Esfandiari and Kian Tajbakhsh, who were previously released. The other Iranian-American, Parnaz Azima, was detained, but released on bail and prevented from leaving Iran.

Shakeri’s family posted a bail of approximately $107,000, but Shakeri still needs permission from a judge to be able to leave the country.

The release coincided with Iranian President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad’s visit to New York to address the United Nations General Assembly.

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