Kian Tajbakhsh Released, Farnaz Azima Free, Ali Shakeri Remains in Prison


Kian Tajbakhsh, an urban planner affiliated with the George Soros Foundation’s Open Society Institute, was released from Iran’s notorious Evin prison today. He’s awaiting a judge’s permission to leave the country. Another Iranian-American, Farnaz Azima, had her passport returned Tuesday, after being prevented from leaving Iran for five months. Azima is a journalist for the Persian service of Radio Free Europe-Radio Liberty. Haleh Esfandiari, director of the Middle East Program for the Woodrow Wilson International Center for Scholars, was released in August. Ali Shakeri from the University of California, Irvine’s Center for Citizen Peacebuilding remains in Evin prison. All four were suspected of fomenting revolution in Iran, something they and their employers absolutely deny.

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