Dr. Kian Tajbakhsh, top researcher and sociology professor from Columbia University was released from prison on Sunday on the occasion of Norouz, the Iranian New Year, after paying a hefty bail, according to Tehran's prosecutor.
According to ISNA, Tajbakhsh, an urban planning expert, was freed for 15 days after posting a bail of $800,000.
Dr. Tajbakhsh, an Iranian American who holds dual citizenship, was arrested in the aftermath of June 2009 disputed election, and has been sentenced to five years in prison for his alleged political activities against the establishment. Following the great international outcry by a variety of human rights organizations, Tajbakhsh's original sentencing of fifteen years was reconsidered by an appellate court and was later reduced to five years instead.
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