Iranian-American Scholar Is Temporarily Released From Jail in Tehran

An Iranian-American scholar who was the only American detained in the crackdown on the widespread protests that followed the disputed Iranian election in June was temporarily released on Saturday on $800,000 bail, the Associated Press reported. “Iran traditionally releases some prisoners during the New Year holiday,” according to the AP, and Kian Tajbakhsh, a social scientist and urban planner who was convicted of spying and accused of fomenting unrest against the regime, is being released for 15 days to be allowed to celebrate the holiday with his family. Mr. Tajbakhsh received his Ph.D. from Columbia University and has been a faculty member at Columbia since 2009, but he “has been unable to assume his position because of his detainment,” the Columbia Spectator reported.

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