Freedom

Iran Frees American After Two Years

Iran liberated American businessman Reza Taghavi on Saturday, after he was imprisoned in Tehran for more than two years. Iranian officials accused him of passing $200 to a man associated with Tondar, an allegedly violent opposition group. Throughout his imprisonment, Taghavi maintained that a friend back in California had asked him to give someone the money, and that he doesn't know anything about Tondar. Despite the fact that Iranian officials still believe Taghavi was used by the organization, Reghavi’s lawyer says they are “comfortable that he does not pose a threat to them and that he can leave and go back to the United States.” Reghavi is 71, has diabetes, and is in poor health; his lawyer asked him to be released on humanitarian grounds.