Iran widens investigation of Americans
Jul 11,2007 00:00
WASHINGTON -- Iran, citing "fresh evidence," is expanding its investigation of two U.S. scholars imprisoned on unspecified charges.
"We have received fresh evidence," Iranian judiciary spokesman Alireza Jamshidi said Tuesday in a Washington Post report. "Fresh investigations have started based on this evidence."
Haleh Esfandiari, a director of the Middle East program at the Smithsonian's Woodrow Wilson International Center for Scholars, and Kian Tajbakhsh, a New York social scientist, are charged with unspecified crimes against Iran.
At least two other U.S. residents have been detained in Iran: California businessman Ali Shakeri and correspondent Parnaz Azima of U.S.-funded Radio Farda, The Washington Post reported Wednesday.
In addition, three Iranians who had been in the United States on a cultural exchange for filmmakers had their passports revoked when they returned to Iran Saturday and were told they must appear in court, the Post reported.
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