Freed American Returns From Iran Custody
A former businessman has arrived home in the United States after spending more
than two years in an Iranian jail after he shuttled money purportedly bound for
an outlawed group in Iran.
Iranian-American businessman Reza ghavi after his release from Iranian custody
on October 17 in Tehran.
Reza Taghavi was detained by Iranian authorities in May 2008 for giving some
$200 to Tondar (Thunder), whose website claims is seeking to oust the Islamic
system and restore the Iranian monarchy.
Reports last week said he had been releasedwithout
admitting any guilt.
Taghavi, 71, said after his release that he had been asked to hand over the
money but was unaware it was destined for a banned organization.
Iran's state-controlled English-language broadcaster Press TV reported on
October 21, the same day as the release, that a man named Ali Motlaq had
confessed to working with Tondar and sought to bomb an Iranian judiciary
The station suggested that Motlaq had Western backing.
At least two other Americans are in Iranian custody.
Josh Fattal and Shane Bauer have been held since they were detained after
allegedly crossing the Iranian border from Iraq along with companion Sarah
Shourd in July 2009. Shourd was released on bail in mid-September.
Washington has repeatedly
asserted their innocence and urged their release.
compiled from Reuters and other agency reports
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