MDE 13/120/2007 - 17 October 2007
Peace activist Ali Shakeri was released from Evin prison on 24 September, on bail equivalent to approximately US$107,000. His passport was returned to him on 7 October, and he returned to his home in California two days later. He has contacted an Amnesty International office to ask for his thanks to be passed on to the UA network.
He had been kept in solitary confinement in Section 209 of Evin Prison, and was never charged with any offence. He was allowed no legal representation, but was allowed two visits from one of his brothers. The $107,000 bail took the form of the title to this brother’s house in Tehran, and was reportedly arranged after this brother visited him in prison on 2 July. If Ali Shakeri does not return to face trial, the authorities may seize the property.
Haleh Esfandiari left Iran on 2 September. Kian Tajbakhsh was released on 19 September and has reportedly been reunited with family members in Iran. He is reportedly not allowed to leave Iran unless granted permission by a judge. Parnaz Azima had her passport returned on 4 September and left Iran on 18 September.
Many thanks to all who sent appeals. No further action is requested from the UA network.