Iran releases jailed Texas graduate student

Omid Kokabee will be granted ‘conditional freedom’ for rest of 10-year sentence, having spent nearly half in prison

Illustrative photo of a prisoner, December 2008 (Kobi Gideon/Flash90)
Illustrative photo of a prisoner, December 2008 (Kobi Gideon/Flash90)

TEHRAN, Iran — Iranian authorities have released a man jailed while home from his graduate studies in Texas after nearly five years, state media reported Tuesday.

The report by the government-owned IRAN daily quoted Saeed Khalili, the lawyer for Omid Kokabee, as saying the country’s judiciary will allow Kokabee to enjoy “conditional freedom” for the rest of his 10-year sentence.

Khalili said Kokabee was released from jail in April to undergo medical treatment on his kidneys and “will not return to prison, anymore.”

Kokabee, an Iranian citizen, had been studying optics in the physics department at the University of Texas. He was arrested in February 2011 and convicted of having “relations with a hostile country” and receiving “illegitimate funds.”

Though Iran and the United States have no diplomatic relations, many Iranian students apply to study in the US every year.

Copyright 2016 The Associated Press.

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