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Iran Set to Free Prominent Reformist


An Iranian judiciary spokesman says a prominent reformist detained during post-election unrest will be released Wednesday.

The spokesman says Saeed Hajjarian will be freed following an order this week from Iran's judiciary chief, Mahmoud Hashemi Shahroudi, to speed up the review of the cases of detained reformists.

Also Wednesday, Iran's official news agency says two photographers detained earlier this month have been accused of new links with an unnamed movement seeking the overthrow of the Iranian regime.

Reports say the men - Majid Saeedi, a freelance photographer for Getty images and Satyar Emami, a local photographer - sent pictures from the Tehran riots to foreign media.

The two men were arrested earlier this month during the crackdown against protesters.

On Tuesday, Iranian authorities released on bail 140 people detained following the June 12 re-election of President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad. An Iranian lawmaker said another 150 people are still being held and face more serious charges than those who have been released.

Iranian media say 20 protesters will go on trial in the coming days on several charges, including carrying weapons and grenades.

Political activists, journalists and others were arrested as part of a crackdown on protests that stemmed from the election. The political opposition alleges fraud, but Iranian authorities say Mr. Ahmadinejad's re-election was fair.


Some information for this report was provided by AFP.

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