Third Iranian-American Arrested in Iran, Charged with Espionage

29 de may de 2007

<body><div id="article"><tr><td height="28" valign="middle" width="184"></td><td valign="middle" width="185"></td></tr><h1>Third Iranian-American Arrested in Iran, Charged with Espionage</h1><p>May 29, 2007 (LPAC)--Iran has now formally charged three Iranian-Americans, one of whom is connected with George Soros' Open Society Institute, with "endangering national security and espionage." The three are Woodrow Wilson Center scholar Haleh Esfandiari, Kian Tajbakhsh, a sociologist and urban planning consultant who has worked for the World Bank, and journalist Parnaz Azima, who works for the US-funded Radio Farda. Azima was taken into custody and released yesterday, after being told not to leave the country. Tajbakhsh, who at one time worked for Soros' Institute, and Esfandiari are believed to have been arrested in early May, and are still being held. Both Esfandiari and Tajbakhsh hold US and Iranian passports, although Iran does not recognize dual citizenship.</p><p>An AP wire says that the Intelligence Ministry has accused Esfandiari and the Wilson Center of trying to set up networks of Iranians with the ultimate goal of creating a "velvet revolution" in Iran, along the lines of the revolts that ended Communist rule in Eastern Europe, an accusation they have also directed at the Open Society Institute.</p></div></body>