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3/14/07

Family Calls For Release Of Jailed Iranian Journalist

March 13, 2007 (RFE/RL) -- The family of jailed Iranian journalist, Ali Farahbakhsh, has expressed concern over his health and called for his release, Radio Farda reported.

The call was made in a letter to the head of Iran's judiciary.

Farahbakhsh's relatives say his trial took place some three weeks ago but they have not been informed about the court ruling.

"We visited him at the prison yesterday [March 12], and he wasn't feeling well again," Farahbakhsh's mother, Badri Farahbakhsh, told Radio Farda. "He has heart problems, he often feels pain in his [chest]. He hasn't committed any mistake or sin."

Farahbakhsh was arrested in November after he returned from a conference on economics in Thailand.

He has been reportedly charged with espionage.

Media and rights groups have expressed concern over his arrest and detention.

(with material from ILNA)


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

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