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Newsweek journalist, Maziar Bahari released on bail

Report by Radio Zamaneh

Newsweek journalist, Maziar Bahari who was arrested and tried in Iran following the disputed presidential elections in June, was released on bail on Saturday. Iran news agencies reported the release of the journalist and filmmaker from Evin prison after posting a bail for 3 billion rials ($300,000).

Maziar Bahari with his wife Paola Gourley.  Paula who is pregnant and is soon to give birth to their child had repeatedly appealed for the release of her husband so who he could be with her when their baby is born.  It is still not clear if Maziar will be allowed to leave Iran.

Maziar Bahari is an Iranian-Canadian documentary filmmaker who at the time of his arrest was working in Iran as a journalist for Newsweek.

Newsweek Magazine had appealed to Iranian authorities for a speedy release of this journalist.

In July, tens of documentary filmmakers, international producers and festival executives requested the release of Mr. Bahari in a letter to Ayatollah Shahroudi, head of Iranian judiciary at the time.

Maziar Bahari was put to trial charged with collaboration with an alleged network that was "plotting to topple" the Islamic Republic.

Fars news agency published the alleged text of Maziar Bahari's confessions on June 30. Opposition forces claim that all the so-called confessions publicized in the media were obtained through coercion and are invalid.

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