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06/21/11

Iran Frees Jailed Human Rights Activist

Source: RFE/RL

Iran has freed human rights campaigner Emadeddin Baghi after he served a year-long jail term on charges of spreading "propaganda against the regime."

Emadeddin Baghi
Emadeddin Baghi

Baaghi was among the political prisoners who recently went on hunger strike

The release was announced by Baghi's lawyer, Saleh Nikbakht. Baghi was sentenced in July 2010 to a one-year jail term and was banned for five years from political activities.

The award-winning journalist was arrested on December 28, 2009, a day after opposition supporters took to the streets in a new round of protests against the controversial June 12 reelection of President Mahmud Ahmadinejad.

The 49-year-old, who was honored with the prestigious Martin Ennals Award for human rights activism in 2009, has also campaigned against the death penalty.

compiled from agency reports


Copyright (c) 2011 RFE/RL, Inc. Reprinted with the permission of Radio Free Europe/Radio Liberty, 1201 Connecticut Ave., N.W. Washington DC 20036. www.rferl.org

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