'Newsweek': Journalist detained in Iran now in UK

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October 20, 2009 22:50


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Newsweek reporter Maziar Bahari, who was detained for nearly four months in Iran, has been released and has rejoined his pregnant wife in the UK, the magazine said Tuesday. Bahari, 43, was one of hundreds arrested June 21 during the government crackdown that followed nationwide protests over the country's disputed presidential election. He was kept in solitary confinement at Teheran's Evin prison as his wife suffered through a difficult pregnancy in London. He was bailed on Saturday, and Newsweek spokesman Frank De Maria said Iranian officials allowed Bahari to return to the UK on Tuesday. De Maria could not immediately say whether Bahari, an Iranian-born Canadian citizen, still faces charges in Iran or has any plans to return. Friends, colleagues, human rights groups, and government officials who lobbied for Bahari's release expressed relief at news of his arrival in London.

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