Iran releases leading reformer on bail 2009-11-22 23:43:14   Print

    TEHRAN, Nov. 22 (Xinhua) -- Iran released a leading reformer, detained over the country's post-election dispute, on bail, the official IRNA news agency reported Sunday.

    Tehran's prosecutor general Abbas Jafari-Dolatabadi told IRNA that Mohammad Ali Abtahi, who was detained over the post-election unrests in Iran, was released on Sunday afternoon.

    After the trial and issuance of the verdict, Abtahi was temporarily released on the bail of 7 billion Iranian rials (about 700,000 U.S. dollars), Jafari-Dolatabadi said without referring to Abtahi's sentence.

    Abtahi was then vice president of ex-president Mohammad Khatami during his presidency from 1997 to 2005.

    Protests gripped Tehran and other Iranian cities after the June presidential election, amid claims that the vote had been rigged in favor of the incumbent President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad.

    Shortly after the unrests, Abtahi along with some 100 people were put on trial over the protests on Iran's disputed presidential election. 

Editor: Mu Xuequan
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