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Freed American might have to stay in Iran to fight charge

A Northern California professor who was released from an Iranian prison during the weekend may have to remain overseas to fight the charges against him, friends and colleagues said Monday. Dariush Zahedi, a 37-year-old American citizen, was freed Sunday after spending four months behind bars. The man’s family paid about $250,000 bail to secure his release, but it was unclear whether he was free to leave the country. A critic of the country’s Islamic regime, Zahedi was arrested in early July on espionage charges while visiting relatives in Teh-ran. Within hours of his release, Zahedi told a friend by phone that he may have to hire a lawyer to defend himself as the Iranian government continues to investigate the charges. Full Story

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