Tuesday, August 21, 2007

Bail Posted for Haleh Esfandiari

News reports abound that Haleh Esfandiari will be released from Evin prison where she has been held for over 100 days. According to the most recent CNN report, Prof. Esfandiari's mother posted bail for her, a reported three billion Iranian rials (around $320,000). It is still unclear exactly what being released on bail means for her.

The Iranian government has not made any comment on Prof. Esfandiari's release nor any comment regarding the three other Iranian American dual nationals who are still being detained - Kian Tajbakhsh, Ali Shakeri and Parnaz Azima.

UPDATE: Haleh Esfandiari is now at home with her family in Tehran. Her lawyer, Nobel Peace Prize Winner Shirin Ebadi, says that Prof. Esfandiari is legally allowed to leave the country.

Iran's ISNA news agency has also suggested Kian Tajbakhsh might also be freed on bail in coming days, but has not given details.

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