American Scholar to See Release From Iranian Prison

Held on charges of plotting revolution
By Heather McPherson,  Newser User
Posted Aug 21, 2007 9:53 AM CDT
Haleh Esfandiari one of two Iranian-Americans detained in Iraq on national security charges appears on Iranian state television Wednesday, July 18, 2007, in a documentary contending she tried to foment...   (Associated Press)
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(Newser) – One of two Iranian-American scholars jailed in Iran on charges of conspiring with the US government to foment revolution will be freed from prison today if bail is posted. Held in Teheran’s infamous Evin prison since May, Haleh Esfandiari will be released on a $333,000 bail, the AP reports.

The academic is the director of the Mideast program at the Woodrow Wilson International Center for Scholars; last month she was forced to give interviews for Iranian television in which she said her job was to recruit Iranians for a "network" of speech-makers. The program juxtaposed her testimony with images of popular revolts.