After seventeen days Iranian celebrity and dissident Pegah Ahangarani has been released from Iranian custody, German-language radio Deutche Welle reports.
Hamid Hekmat, Ahangarani’s expatriate uncle, confirmed Wednesday his niece has been released on bail for $83,000. The charges against her remain unclear.
“Yesterday evening the family was told that they she could be brought home now. She is free at last,” Hekmat said. But Ahangarani’s uncle was unable able to give precise information about the condition of the actor, writer and film-maker.
It is also unknown whether the Iranian judiciary will pursue the case further. Ahangarani was denied legal representation during her detention.
The 27-year-old was supposed to blog for Deutsche Welle’s Farsi service about the Women’s World Cup in Germany. But on the night of July 12, one day before her departure from Tehran, she received a subpoena from the Information Ministry and was threatened with arrest.
- German radio: Iranian blogger freed on bail (seattletimes.nwsource.com)
- Iranian dissident arrested over football blog (independent.co.uk)
- Iranian blogger arrested before Germany trip (seattlepi.com)
- German radio station says Iranian blogger arrested (seattletimes.nwsource.com)
- German radio station says Iranian blogger arrested (sfgate.com)
- Iranian actress detained trying to attend women’s World Cup (telegraph.co.uk)