Sunday 18 October 2009

Maziar Bahari freed on bail in Iran

Maziar Bahari, the Newsweek correspondent jailed during the protests that followed Iran's disputed presidential election, has been freed, the BBC reports.
Newsweek said the journalist, had been released on bail on Saturday. Bahari was arrested on 21 June and put on trial with reformists accused of plotting against the Iranian regime.
Iran's semi-official ILNA news agency reported that his bail had been set at 3bn rials ($300,000; £184,000).
Iranian TV also said Bahari had been freed, citing a judicial statement. The BBC said It was not immediately clear if the journalist was free to leave the country.
Newsweek said in a statement that Bahari was expecting his first child on 26 October and that the mother had experienced serious health complications.
Bahari, 42, is a reporter and documentary maker who had been accredited to work in Iran for more than a decade. He has worked with thw BBC's Panorama programme on a number of documentaries.
He was arrested during the mass protests that took place after President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad was declared the winner in June 12 elections.

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