Iran releases Newsweek reporter on bail

Iran releases Newsweek r

October 17, 2009 23:43

Iran's state-run media says the government has released an Iranian-Canadian journalist on bail almost four months after he was arrested following the country's disputed presidential election. The Islamic Republic News Agency says Newsweek reporter Maziar Bahari was freed from Teheran's Evin Prison on Saturday evening after posting bail of 3 billion rials ($300,000), citing the Tehran prosecutor's office. Newsweek confirmed the release in a statement posted on its Web site. Bahari is among more than 100 prisoners put on mass trial in August, accused of being part of an opposition plot to help topple Iran's clerical leaders. The opposition, which believes Iranian President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad's re-election in June was fraudulent, has called the trial a sham.

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