American visits Iran blast site under freedom deal

By ASSOCIATED PRESS
October 18, 2010 10:02

 
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TEHERAN, Iran — An Iranian-American businessman freed after more than two years in Teheran's main prison visited survivors of a deadly 2008 mosque bombing as a condition of his release in a scripted event that could carry propaganda value at home.

Iranian authorities did not immediately explain their demand for 71-year-old Reza Taghavi to pay homage on Sunday in the southern city of Shiraz — and personally acknowledge an attack in which he denies having any connection. But it would fit neatly into possible Iranian attempts to squeeze multiple messages from Taghavi's release on Saturday after 29 months in custody.

It can easily score political points at home for the ruling clerics at a time when international sanctions are hurting Iran's economy.

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