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Iran Repeats Charges Against Detained Iranian-American Scholars

June 6, 2007 -- Iran has reiterated espionage charges against two detained U.S.-Iranian scholars. The Iran Students News Agency today quoted Hassan Hadad, Tehran's deputy prosecutor, as saying Haleh Esfandiari and Kian Tajbakhsh have admitted carrying out activities, but they said their intention was helping Iran.

Kian Tajbakhsh
The agency said a third U.S.-Iranian, Parnaz Azima, has been accused of working for "counterrevolutionary" Radio Farda, which is operated by the U.S.-funded broadcasters RFE/RL and Voice of America, and her case is ready to go to court.

Haleh Esfandiari

Azima is not in jail, but her passport had been confiscated.

Parnaz Azima

On May 31, international human rights groups called on Iran to release Esfandiari and Tajbakhsh and peace activist Ali Shakeri. All three are being held on suspicions of spying or acting against state interests.

The United States has denied they or Azima are spies or clandestine employees of the U.S. government.

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Copyright (c) 2007 RFE/RL, Inc. Reprinted with the permission of Radio Free Europe/Radio Liberty, 1201 Connecticut Ave., N.W. Washington DC 20036.

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