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July 22, 2007 | Borzou Daragahi, Times Staff Writer
The man in the green uniform at the immigration control counter at Mehrabad airport stamped her passport. Journalist Parnaz Azima said she breathed a bottomless sigh of relief. It was here the intelligence officers often moved in, discreetly guiding visitors to the small office off to the side that every Iranian traveler knows and fears. She met her brother, and they went to gather up her bags and head for the exit. Their mother was gravely ill, and Azima was anxious to see her before she died.
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July 22, 2007 | Borzou Daragahi, Times Staff Writer
The man in the green uniform at the immigration control counter at Mehrabad airport stamped her passport. Journalist Parnaz Azima said she breathed a bottomless sigh of relief. It was here the intelligence officers often moved in, discreetly guiding visitors to the small office off to the side that every Iranian traveler knows and fears. She met her brother, and they went to gather up her bags and head for the exit. Their mother was gravely ill, and Azima was anxious to see her before she died.
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September 20, 2007 | From Times Wire Reports
Iran released New York-based urban planner Kian Tajbakhsh from Evin prison in Tehran late Wednesday night, according to George Soros's Open Society Institute, for which Tajbakhsh has served as a consultant. Tajbakhsh is the third Iranian American to be released recently. Haleh Esfandiari was freed last month, and Parnaz Azima was allowed to leave the country Tuesday.
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July 26, 2007 | From the Associated Press
New arrests were announced Wednesday in the cases of two Iranian Americans held here on charges of conspiring against the government. State radio quoted Intelligence Minister Gholamhossein Mohseni Ejei as saying, "Internal elements related to these people have been arrested." Ejei did not say how many people were arrested or give details on their alleged connections to Haleh Esfandiari and Kian Tajbakhsh.
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July 11, 2007 | From the Associated Press
Iran's judiciary has "broadened" investigations of the cases of two detained Iranian Americans charged with endangering national security, saying there is fresh evidence, a spokesman said Tuesday. Prosecutors "obtained new evidence in line with the charges brought against" Haleh Esfandiari and Kian Tajbakhsh, judiciary spokesman Ali Reza Jamshidi said. "The case is under investigation," he told reporters without elaborating.
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September 19, 2007 | From the Associated Press
An Iranian American reporter who was barred from exiting Iran for months on suspicion of trying to stir up a revolution was allowed to leave the country Tuesday and return to the United States. Parnaz Azima was one of four Iranian Americans charged with endangering national security, an accusation they denied.
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June 1, 2007 | From Times Staff and Wire Reports
The United States confirmed that a missing Irvine peace activist has become the fourth Iranian American detained by Iran on suspicion of espionage, and warned U.S. citizens against traveling to the country. "American citizens may be subject to harassment or arrest while traveling or residing in Iran," the State Department said after confirming that Ali Shakeri, who has been missing in Iran for more than two weeks, is being held at the notorious Evin prison in Tehran.
OPINION
September 5, 2007
The good news: Iran has released two of the four Iranian Americans it has been detaining on trumped-up charges. Haleh Esfandiari, a 67-year-old scholar at the Woodrow Wilson Center in Washington who had been held in solitary confinement at Tehran's notorious Evin prison, was permitted to leave the country over the weekend, and on Tuesday came word that Parnaz Azima, a correspondent for the U.S.
OPINION
May 10, 2007
TEHRAN'S DECISION this week to throw one of the United States' leading Iran specialists into a notorious Iranian jail is disgraceful and self-defeating. Haleh Esfandiari, director of the Middle East Program at the Woodrow Wilson International Center for Scholars, is one of three Iranian Americans with dual citizenship being held as "soft hostages" by Iran. Esfandiari, ironically, is the last Washingtonian whom Iranian President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad should want locked up.
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May 30, 2007 | From the Associated Press
Three Iranian Americans, including U.S. academic Haleh Esfandiari, have been charged with espionage and endangering national security, Iran's judiciary spokesman said Tuesday. The charges, denied by relatives and colleagues of the three, were another example of Iran's stepped-up accusations that the U.S. is trying to use internal critics to destabilize the government.
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August 22, 2007 | Ramin Mostaghim and Borzou Daragahi, Special to The Times
Authorities in Iran on Tuesday released an American scholar jailed on national security and espionage charges, though she continues to face grave charges and is barred from leaving the country. Haleh Esfandiari, 67, who holds both U.S. and Iranian citizenship, was released on bail set at the equivalent of $333,000. Shirin Ebadi, a Nobel Peace Prize winner and Esfandiari's attorney, said the scholar had put up her ailing mother's home as bond.
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