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Detained Iranian Reformist Transferred, Not Freed

Reformist Saeed Hajjarian (file photo)

An Iranian lawmaker says a prominent detained reformist is being transferred from a prison to a government-owned residence, due to concerns about his health.

Iran's semi-official Mehr news agency quoted lawmaker Kazem Jalali as saying detainee Saeed Hajjarian was being moved to a "state-owned house" on Thursday.

Jalali said the residence has suitable medical and welfare facilities and a swimming pool.

Earlier this week, a senior Iranian lawmaker said Hajjarian would be released soon. It is not clear if that is still the case.

Iran's state-run Press TV describes Hajjarian as a "political activist" who was arrested on June 16 for allegedly orchestrating unrest after the June 12 presidential election.

Poster featuring Saeed Hajjarian at hunger strike in front of United Nations headquarters in New York (July 22-24) -

In related news, Iranian media report a group of 20 detainees will go on trial Saturday in connection to the post-election unrest. The charges include carrying weapons, damaging property and preparing reports for foreign media outlets.  

Political activists, journalists and others were arrested as part of a crackdown on protests that stemmed from the election.

Some information for this report was provided by AFP.

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