ISRAEL AT WAR - DAY 144

search

Iran releases dissident journalist held since 2020 — family

Keyvan Samimi, 74, was sentenced to three years in prison for allegedly plotting against national security

Screen capture from video of Iranian journalist Keyvan Samimi, 2019. (YouTube. Used in accordance with Clause 27a of the Copyright Law)
Screen capture from video of Iranian journalist Keyvan Samimi, 2019. (YouTube. Used in accordance with Clause 27a of the Copyright Law)

TEHRAN, Iran — Iranian dissident journalist Keyvan Samimi, imprisoned since December 2020, was released on Thursday, his family told AFP.

Samimi, 74, had been sentenced to three years in prison for “plotting against national security.”

“Samimi, who had been transferred last year to Semnan prison,” located nearly 200 kilometers (125 miles) east of Tehran, “was released this afternoon,” his family said.

The journalist had been granted permission to leave prison on medical grounds in February 2022.

But he returned to prison in May after being suspected of carrying out activities against national security, Iran’s Mehr news agency said.

In December, Samimi sent a message from his cell in support of the protest movement that has shaken Iran since the September 16 death of Mahsa Amini.

The 22-year-old Iranian Kurd died in the custody of the morality police in Tehran after her arrest for an alleged breach of the Islamic republic’s dress code for women.

Samimi has spent time behind bars before and after the 1979 Islamic Revolution.

read more:
Never miss breaking news on Israel
Get notifications to stay updated
You're subscribed
image
Register for free
and continue reading
Registering also lets you comment on articles and helps us improve your experience. It takes just a few seconds.
Already registered? Enter your email to sign in.
Please use the following structure: example@domain.com
Or Continue with
By registering you agree to the terms and conditions. Once registered, you’ll receive our Daily Edition email for free.
Register to continue
Or Continue with
Log in to continue
Sign in or Register
Or Continue with
check your email
Check your email
We sent an email to you at .
It has a link that will sign you in.