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Iran releases second Iranian-American scholar from prison

[JURIST] Iran released on bail Iranian-American consultant Dr. Kian Tajbakhsh [OSI press release; JURIST news archive] from prison Wednesday, according to IRNA, the official Iranian news agency. Tajbakhsh, employed by the Open Society Institute, will not be allowed to leave Iran without judicial approval.

Tajbakhsh and Iranian-American scholar Haleh Esfandiari [advocacy website; JURIST news archive] were arrested [JURIST report] in May after alleged involvement in a plot against the Iranian government. Though the investigation concluded in August and Esfandiari left Iran [JURIST reports] earlier this month, Tajbakhsh continued to be held without charge. Tajbakhsh said last week that Iran has not brought formal charges against him, but an Iranian spokesman said he has been charged with endangering national security. AP has more.

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