Thursday, September 20, 2007

Tajbakhsh is freed, finally!

The detained US-Iranian academic and dedicated Indophile Kian Tajbakhsh has been freed by Iranian authorities after being held at Evin prison for over four months. He was accused on being an agent of western forces trying to foment a "velvet revolution" in Iran. Tajbakhsh was released on a bail of $100,000. Sometimes I wonder if the Iranian authorities, after failing to prove their charges, think of these detentions as ways to mint money. Haleh Esfandiari, the other famous academic detained, was released last month for a bail of $320,000! Imagine the number of these academics/journalists/foreigners detained and the amount that has been possibly raised. Surely, it runs into millions of dollars! Wonder if bail's an euphemism for ransom in these cases?


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