Thursday, September 20, 2007

Kian is Free

Kian Tajbakhsh was released from Evin Prison late last night with no warning. His release comes a day after Radio Farda correspondent Parnaz Azima departed Iran. The status of the charges against the three Iranian Americans who have been released is still unclear. California businessman Ali Shakeri, who was also picked up in May, is still missing, as is former FBI agent Robert Levinson, who has been missing since a business trip to Iran in March.

The Open Society Institute, for whom Tajbakhsh consults has not yet posted a statement on their website. However, OSI spokesperson Laura Silber said, "OSI is delighted that this distinguished scholar is safe at home in Tehran with his wife and that his harrowing ordeal finally seems to have come to an end."

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