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Instructor Held by Iran May Soon Be Freed

An Iranian-born instructor in political science at the University of California at Berkeley, who is being held in Tehran on charges of espionage, may soon be freed, colleagues said on Tuesday. Officials at the prestigious university have appealed to the government of Iran to release Dariush Zahedi, 37, who was imprisoned on unspecified espionage charges while visiting his family in Iran over the summer. Zahedi in 2000 published a book called “The Iranian Revolution Then and Now: Indicators of Regime Instability.” He also served as the director of a branch of the American Iranian Council, a non-profit educational organization founded to forge better relations between Iran and the United States. A colleague of Zahedi’s said he learned from the man’s family in July that he had been imprisoned. Full Story

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