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Arrest Warrant Issued for Dissident in U.S.

July 18, 2001|From Times Wire Reports

An Iranian court issued an arrest warrant for a dissident undergoing treatment for cancer in the U.S., the official Islamic Republic News Agency reported.

Ibrahim Yazdi--leader of the outlawed Freedom Movement of Iran, a group calling for government reform--is accused of endangering national security and possessing firearms. Yazdi, 69, left Iran in November and is receiving chemotherapy for prostate cancer in Houston. More than 60 group members have been arrested since March.

There is no extradition treaty between Iran and the U.S. But Yazdi's sister, Esmat, said her brother will return home after treatment despite the warrant.

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