Saeed Razavi Faqih

Saeed Razavi Faqih, the Iranian journalist and reformist political activist, has been released from Evin Prison in Tehran. He was arrested at the airport on January 13 as he was returning from Paris.

Zamaneh was told by an informed source that Razavi Faqih was released on Thursday.

Razavi Faqih was reportedly detained at the airport gate while disembarking from the airplane and taken directly to Evin Prison.

He had been previously arrested three years ago, also at Emam Khoemeini Airport, and was banned from traveling abroad for 19 months. He was tried in absentia for the charges of “propaganda against the Islamic Republic”, “participating in illegal gatherings and insulting the leader.” He was convicted and sentenced to four years in prison and 74 lashes.

Last week, 52 Iranian student activists issued a statement calling for the release of Razavi Faqih, indicating that he may be under pressure to give coerced and false confessions.

Razavi Faqih, a philosophy graduate, travelled to France in 2003 to pursue his studies. Two years later he was elected as the secretary of the Islamic Student Associations Union in Europe.