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Three political prisoners released in Iran

Source: Radio Zamaneh

Iran released three of the numerous political prisoners who were arrested in the widespread arrest of protesters in the post-election events.

Last night, Mohammadreza Jalaipour, spokesman for Mir Hossein Mousavi supporters, was released on a $300,000 bail. Jalaipour was arrested twice in the past year and has been in jail for 66 days after his last arrest.

He was first arrested last June while he was trying to leave the country with his wife. Jalaipour has not been charged with any crime as yet.

Ali Arabmazar, a Mousavi aide was arrested last December and released last night on a $200,000 bail after almost nine months in prison.

Mahboubeh Karami, a civil activist, was arrested in February and released last night on a $500,000 bail.

In the past year thousands of civil and political activists have been arrested in Iran and sentenced to heavy prison terms to quell the protest against the alleged fraud that brought Mahmoud Ahmadinejad back to power.

Mohammadjavad Mozafar, deputy chief of Association for the Defense of Detainee Rights has been sentenced to two years in prison.

Rasoul Badaqi, executive member of Iran's Teachers Association was sentenced to six years in prison and five years ban from political and social activism.

Hamed Omidi, student of Allameh University was sentenced to three years in prison after six months of detention for the charge of "assembly and collusion against national security."

In the meantime, Mohammad Nourizad, prominent Iranian journalist and filmmaker, who had been released on bail two months ago, was recalled back to prison.

In his latest blogs, he has expressed concern over the possibility of being executed by the government.

Nourizad is charged with insulting Iran's Supreme Leader in a series of critical letters.

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