Iran Frees on Bail Two Women Jailed over 'Anti-Islamic' Seminar

Published June 21st, 2000 - 02:00 GMT

Two Iranian women arrested and detained for having attended an "anti-Islamic" seminar in Berlin in April were freed on bail pending trial, reported Iran News Agency (IRNA). 

Lawyer Mehranghiz Kar and publisher Shahla Lahiji, known for their campaign for women's rights in Iran, had been held in Evin prison since April 29th for their presence at the seminar earlier in the month, said the agency. 

The event attracted a number of reformists close to president Mohammad Khatami but infuriated conservatives by featuring a woman dancing with bare arms, criticism of Iran's Islamic regime and members of the armed opposition People's Mujahadeen, said AFP. 

The conservative-dominated revolutionary tribunal hauled in a number of participants over the seminar but none has yet been tried. 

IRNA quoted a statement by the tribunal saying that Kar and Lahiji had been released on bail of $60,000.  

The date of their trial would be announced later, the statement said, without specifying the charges. 

IRNA said that another publisher, Ali-Reza Khosh-Andam, accused of questioning the pre-eminence of Iran's supreme leader, Ayatollah Ali Khamenei, was freed Tuesday after five days in jail. 

On June 18th, 151 of the 267 confirmed members of the new reformist-dominated parliament queried the grounds for the recent arrests of a number of liberals and journalists and their conditions of imprisonment. 

"These arrests are inexplicable and unnecessary," the deputies wrote to judiciary chief Mahmud Hashemi Shahrudi, said IRNA - (Several Sources) 

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