Monday, September 3, 2007

Esfandiari is Out of Iran

Haleh Esfandiari, the 67-year old Iranian-American academic who was held at Evin prison for four months and was freed on bail on 21 August, was allowed to leave the country today. She arrived in Austria to be reunited with her husband. She will be coming home next week.

Esfandiari is the head of the Middle East program at Woodrow Wilson Center in Washington. Her detention and forced stay in Iran, along with that of three other Iranian-Americans, had generated universal disapproval and protests. It is not known if the government would follow up with the release of other Iranian-Americans.

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