Iran Frees US Businessman Held for 30 Months

Saturday, 16 Oct 2010 04:36 PM

 

  Comment  |
   Contact  |
  Print   |
    A   A  
  Copy Shortlink

WASHINGTON (Reuters) - Iran has freed a 71-year-old U.S. businessman who had been held in prison for 2 1/2 years on accusations of giving money to an alleged anti-government group, ABC News reported Saturday.

"Sometimes I feel relief, sometimes, I feel angry," Reza Taghavi told ABC after his release.

Taghavi was accused in May 2008 of giving $200 to a group called Tondar, or Thunder. He said he did so unwittingly and the Iranian authorities eventually agreed.

He shared a 16-bed cell with 33 inmates in the same prison as U.S. hikers Josh Fattal and Shane Bauer. On Monday, the hikers will have been in jail for 444 days, matching the time the U.S. Embassy hostages were held in Iran from 1979 to 1981.

Iran's intelligence minister said there were no plans to release the hikers, state media reported Friday.

Taghavi, who is from Los Angeles, will return to the United States next week.

"I'm going to start to forget what happened," he told ABC. "I want to put everything behind me."

A U.S. State Department spokesman did not have details about Taghavi's release.

© 2014 Thomson/Reuters. All rights reserved.

  Comment  |
   Contact  |
  Print   |
  Copy Shortlink
Around the Web
Join the Newsmax Community
Please review Community Guidelines before posting a comment.
>> Register to share your comments with the community.
>> Login if you are already a member.
blog comments powered by Disqus
 
Email:
Country
Zip Code:
Privacy: We never share your email.
 
Follow Newsmax
Like us
on Facebook
Follow us
on Twitter
Add us
on Google Plus
Around the Web
Top Stories
You May Also Like

Bernard Kerik: De Blasio, Sharpton 'Have Blood on Their Hands'

Saturday, 20 Dec 2014 18:49 PM

Bernard Kerik: De Blasio, Sharpton 'Have Blood on Their Hands'
By Todd Beamon
Former New York City Police Comm . . .

Instagram Posting May Be Linked to Police Killings

Saturday, 20 Dec 2014 18:09 PM

A posting to the social media site Instagram may be linked to the
tragic killings of two New York City police offic . . .

Police: 2 NYC Cops Shot Dead, Execution Style

Saturday, 20 Dec 2014 17:03 PM

An armed man walked up to two New York Police Department officers sitting inside a patrol car and opened fire Saturday a . . .

Most Commented

Newsmax, Moneynews, Newsmax Health, and Independent. American. are registered trademarks of Newsmax Media, Inc. Newsmax TV, and Newsmax World are trademarks of Newsmax Media, Inc.

 
NEWSMAX.COM
America's News Page
©  Newsmax Media, Inc.
All Rights Reserved