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Farda Correspondent Freed on Bail

RFE/RL officials said they hope Radio Farda correspondent Parnaz Azima can leave Iran soon.
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RFE/RL officials said they hope Radio Farda correspondent Parnaz Azima can leave Iran soon.

President Jeffrey Gedmin issued a statement reacting to a hearing in Tehran where a court freed her on bail pending its review of the case.

Gedmin said, “The court indicated it may return Ms. Azima’s passport. I expect that the court will act to free Azima from her virtual house arrest and allow her to return to her family without further delay.”

Her passport was confiscated at Tehran’s airport in February to visit her sick mother, officials said.

Radio Farda is run by RFE/RL and VOA; it is a Persian-language broadcast service to Iran. Officials said the correspondent was treated similarly in 2006 when her Iranian passport was seized for several weeks. She holds U.S. as well as Iranian citizenship.

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