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Iran: Shargh's chief editor, financial investor released from prison

Source: Tabnak

Shargh's editor-in-chief, Ahmad Gholami, and its financial investor, Ali Khodabakhsh, were released on Wednesday after spending some 23 days in custody, Fararu news website reported.

Shargh's editor-in-chief, Ahmad Gholami

The report did not elaborate on their charges or whether they were released on bail.

Gholami and Khodabakhsh were arrested on Dec. 7 along with political desk editor Kayvan Mehrgan, and the international desk editor Farzaneh Roostaei.

Tehran's prosecutor Abbas Jafari Dolatabadi had said that the arrests were made because they committed "security crimes".

None of those arrested had any prior records of political activity. Gholami was the literary editor of Hamshahri newspaper before joining Shargh.

There was no word on the fate of the other two Shargh editors in the report.

Shargh newspaper was initially banned on 6 August 2007 after several years of publication, but the ban was lifter on 15 September 2009. The newspaper resumed publication on 11 April but some of its staff including former editor-in-chief Mohammad Atrianfar, were arrested after 2009 presidential election unrest.

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