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Iran: Poet Released After Multiple Arrests. Activist Teacher Released After Hunger Strike

Source: Radio Zamaneh

Keyvan Mehregan, the Iranian poet, journalist and filmmaker, was released from Evin Prison on Wednesday May 11. Mehregan's wife, Afsaneh Parchekani, reports that the prosecutor and the judge agreed to a conditional release for her husband, who had been on a furlough.

Keyvan Mehregan

Mehregan was arrested last September to serve out a one-year sentence in connection with his journalistic activities with the Shargh daily.

In 2011, he was sentenced to one year in jail and a five-year ban from journalism for the charge of "propaganda against the regime".

Since the 2009 election protests, which led to wave after wave of a widespread crackdown on journalists, Mehregan has been arrested and released on bail on several occasions.

Activist teacher released after hospital stay for hunger strike

Mahmoud Beheshti Langaroodi, the jailed Iranian teacher who was hospitalized following his hunger strike, has reportedly been released. ILNA reported on Wednesday May 11 that Beheshti Langaroodi's family, who have been at his bedside since his hospitalization, have reported that he has been released.

Mahmoud Beheshti Langaroodi (2nd left) among his family members

After his arrest last September for taking part in labour activism, he was sentenced in court behind closed doors to nine years in jail.

On April 22, he began refusing food and last week he began also refusing water to protest his sentence.

In recent years, Iranian teachers have been engaged in protests across the country to challenge their low wages and meagre benefits.


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