July 26, 2007 |
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.
July 11, 2007 |
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.
September 19, 2007 |
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.
June 1, 2007 |
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.
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.
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.