Nine Iranian Opposition Figures Released from Jail
Nine people belonging to Iran's progressive opposition and reform movements, including journalist Ahmad Zeid-Abadi, were freed from jail after their arrest in a raid Sunday, sources were quoted by AFP as saying Tuesday.
Zeid-Abadi, his brother-in-law and father-in-law and six others were set free overnight Monday, the sources said, adding that prominent opposition figures including such as Habibollah Peyman and Taghi Rahmani were still being held.
Head of Tehran's revolutionary tribunal was quoted as saying Monday the arrested are accused of "plotting against the regime," a serious accusation that can carry the death penalty.
"These people were looking to foment a plot against the Islamic regime, and planned actions aimed at disrupting public opinion and organizing provocative gatherings," said Ali Mobasheri, head of the country's hard-line revolutionary tribunals in a statement.
This accusation, if confirmed, can be considered as a "moharebeh," or war against God, and can be punishable by death or fixed 10 years in prison, he was quoted as saying.
Iranian security forces raided a meeting of opposition members and reformists Dozens of relatives gathered outside parliament on Monday to complain about the arrests after being turned away by revolutionary courts - Albawaba.com
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