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Outspoken journalist Mohsen Sazgara released from jail

Tehran, Feb 23, IRNA -- Outspoken journalist and university professor Mohsen Sazgara was released from jail Saturday night and was taken to hospital by his family because of his bad health condition, his wife told IRNA here.

"He is ill. He was freed from Evin prison after five days of detention and was immediately hospitalized by his family," his wife said.

Press last week said that several people in plainclothes arrested Sazgara from his home and took him to an undisclosed place. They also took away his personal items, including his computer, discs and tapes, the press said.

Sazgara runs an Internet newspaper and criticizes officials of the country from time to time. His Golestan-e Iran (Garden of Iran) newspaper was closed down last year shortly after hitting the newsstands.

Iranian courts have summoned scores of journalists and closed down their publications for 'publishing lies and inciting public opinion'.

Last month, a court here banned the best-selling Iranian newspaper Hamshahri for several days, but lifted it after the plaintiffs withdrew their suits.

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