Iran Frees Iranian – Canadian Journalist on Bail

TEHRAN (Reuters) – Iranian-Canadian journalist Maziar Bahari, arrested after the disputed presidential election in June, has been freed on bail, Iran’s judiciary said on Saturday.

“Bahari was released on 3 billion rials ($300,000) bail from Evin prison on Saturday night,” the semi-official ILNA news agency quoted a judiciary source as saying.

Bahari, who has been working for Newsweek magazine since 1998, was arrested on June 21 in Tehran while covering the election and post-election unrest. He was charged later with espionage, and could face execution if convicted.

Opposition leaders say the election was rigged to secure the re-election of hardline President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad. Iranian authorities have denied the allegation.

The opposition says more than 70 people were killed in the unrest, more than double the official estimate.

Rights groups say thousands of people were detained after the vot… >>>

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