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Detained Iranian Reformist Transferred, Not Freed


An Iranian lawmaker says a prominent detained reformist is being transferred from a prison to a government-owned residence, due to concerns about his health.

Iran's semi-official Mehr news agency quoted lawmaker Kazem Jalali as saying detainee Saeed Hajjarian was being moved to a "state-owned house" on Thursday.

Jalali said the residence has suitable medical and welfare facilities and a swimming pool.

Earlier this week, a senior Iranian lawmaker said Hajjarian would be released soon. It is not clear if that is still the case.

Iran's state-run Press TV describes Hajjarian as a "political activist" who was arrested on June 16 for allegedly orchestrating unrest after the June 12 presidential election.

In related news, Iranian media report a group of 20 detainees will go on trial Saturday in connection to the post-election unrest. The charges include carrying weapons, damaging property and preparing reports for foreign media outlets.

Political activists, journalists and others were arrested as part of a crackdown on protests that stemmed from the election.

Some information for this report was provided by AFP.

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