Vahid Talayi

Vahid Talayi, a member of MirHosein Mousavi’s election campaign, is reportedly being pressured by his interrogators to confess that he has ties to the People’s Mojahedin Organization, the dissident exile group that the Islamic Republic views as a terrorist group and an archenemy.

Kaleme reports that in a letter to Tehran prosecutor Abbas Jafari Dowlatabadi, Talayi has denied any such links to PMOI.

He adds that although his bail of $500,000 has been posted, he has not been released by prison authorities. He adds that his interrogators demanded and received a further $100,000 but they still prevented his release.

Talayi is calling on Tehran’s prosecutor to make a final decision regarding his bail and release.

Talayi was arrested in September and has been in ward 209 of Evin Prison since then.

Over the past two years, Iranian authorities have clamped down on all people who supported Mahmoud Ahmadinejad’s opponents in the 2009 presidential elections. Many have been arrested and some have been held under an undetermined judicial status.