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Iran judiciary says to release actresses on bail

Publisher Radio Free Europe/Radio Liberty
Publication Date 25 July 2011
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July 25, 2011

Iranian actress, filmmaker, and blogger Pegah Ahagarani speaking during a Deutsche Welle event in Bonn ahead of the June 2009 election.Iranian actress, filmmaker, and blogger Pegah Ahagarani speaking during a Deutsche Welle event in Bonn ahead of the June 2009 election.

Iranian judiciary spokesman Gholam Hossein Mohseni Ejeie has said actress and filmmaker Pegah Ahangarani and actress Marzieh Vafamehr will be relased on bail. The two women were arrested separately earlier this month.

IRNA news agency quoted Ejeie on July 25 as saying that the two "should be released on bail today or tomorrow" after they were "prosecuted following reports by security officials."

Ahangarani was arrested last week. She was due to travel to Germany to write her impressions of the Women's World Cup in a blog created for her by German broadcaster Deutsche Welle.

She supported former opposition leader Mir Hossein Musavi's candidacy in Iran's June 2009 presidential election, which saw the fiercely disputed reelection of Mahmud Ahmadinejad.

Vafamehr was arrested after appearing in the movie "My Tehran for Sale," which has been harshly criticized in conservative circles.

compiled from Reuters reports

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