Alaei, an HIV/AIDS researcher, served time in solitary confinement and a special unit for political prisoners while he was at Evin prison. UT post doctorate student Omid Kokabee, however, still serving time.
According to a petition created by UT physics professor Herbert Berk asking the Iranian government to give Kokabee a fair trial. Berk is a member of the Committee on International Freedom of Scientists of theAmerican Physical Society, an organization which works to protect the rights of scientists. He has been acting with other members of the organization in support of Kokabee.