Iranian-American Detained in Iran Released on Bail

Iranian-American Detained in Iran Released on Bail

An Iranian-American detained in Iran since last summer has been released on bail of approximately $60,000, Reuters reported on Sunday.

Robin Reza Shahini was arrested by security forces while visiting family in the northeastern city of Gorgan last July and subsequently sentenced to 18 years imprisonment on charges of threatening national security.

Two other Iranian-Americans are still being held in Iran.

Security forces detained Siamak Namazi, a businessman in his mid-40s with dual US-Iranian citizenship, in October 2015 while he was visiting family in Tehran.

His father Baquer Namazi, a former Iranian provincial governor and former UNICEF official who also has dual citizenship, was arrested in February 2016.

“Both men were sentenced to 10 years in prison for spying and cooperating with the US government,” Tehran Prosecutor Abbas Jafari Dolatabadi said last October, Fars News Agency reported.

Another detainee is Iranian-British aid worker Nazanin Zaghari-Ratcliffe, who was sentenced to five years in prison last fall on charges of trying to overthrow Iran’s establishment.

The US State Department issued a travel advisory in March 2016 warning Iranian-Americans against traveling to Iran.

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