Iran Releases Newsweek Reporter

Humanitarian considerations thought to have played role
By Polly Davis Doig,  Newser Staff
Posted Oct 18, 2009 8:45 AM CDT
Journalist Maziar Bahari was freed from Tehran's Evin Prison last night after posting bail of $300,000.   (AP Photo/Newsweek, File)
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(Newser) – Iran set free yesterday the Newsweek journalist it had held prisoner since the disputed June elections. Maziar Bahari was released on $300,000 bail, likely because of humanitarian conditions—the magazine reports that the 42-year-old is expecting his first child October 26, and the baby's mother has had serious health issues. Tehran was mum on reasons for the release, but Bahari's case was mentioned during recent US-Iran talks in Geneva.