Iran releases Iranian-American academic

September 20, 2007 09:16

Iran has released Kian Tajbakhsh, an Iranian-American academic held in prison since May on charges of endangering Iran's security, the official Islamic Republic News Agency reported Thursday. "Kian Tajbakhsh was released from prison on bail," the agency quoted the office of spokesman of Iran's judiciary as saying late Wednesday. The agency said the bail was set at about $110,000. Tajbakhsh, an urban planning consultant with the Soros Foundation's Open Society Institute, would not be allowed to leave Iran unless a judge decides to give him departure permission, IRNA reported.

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