An Iranian-American man arrested in July and sentenced to 18 years on alleged security charges has been released on bail (New York Times). Robin “Reza” Shahini was on hunger strike since February 15 to protest his sentence and harsh prison conditions. He was released on $60,000 bail just before the start of the Iranian new year. It’s unclear whether Shahini’s release was temporary or if he could leave Iran.
46-year-old Shahini was visiting his ailing mother in northeast Iran when the IRGC arrested him last July. Shahini migrated to the United States in 2000, where he studied at San Diego State University and received a degree in International Security and Conflict Resolution. He planned to begin his master’s studies in homeland security at the same university last fall. Shahini participated in the 2009 post-election protests known as the Green Movement. Photos of his activities were previously published on Iranian state media websites. According to Shahini, “Whatever information they had is all the pictures I posted in Facebook, in my web blog, and they use all those evidence to accuse me.”
The family of Nazanin Zaghari-Ratcliffe, jailed in Tehran for allegedly plotting to topple the government, mark one year since her arrest (The Guardian).
Amnesty International criticized Boris Johnson for a lack of action over British mother held in Iran for a year (Telegraph).
Here is a list of dual nationals currently detained by Iran:
Kamal Foroughi (British-Iranian), since May 2011
Nizar Zakka (Lebanese, U.S. permanent resident), since September 2015
Siamak Namazi (Iranian-American), since October 2015
Baquer Namazi (Iranian-American), since February 2016
Nazanin Zaghari-Ratcliffe (British-Iranian), since March 2016
Karan Vafadari (Iranian-American), since July 2016
Afarin Niasari (Iranian-American), since July 2016