Iran has granted bail to British-Iranian environmentalist Morad Tahbaz, who was convicted of security violations, his lawyer said on Wednesday, according to the semi-official ILNA news agency.

The claim comes only one day after the European Union’s foreign policy leader announced a fresh draft text to resurrect the 2015 Iran nuclear agreement. 

“Mr. Tahbaz was released on bail and with an electronic bracelet,” said lawyer Hojjat Kermani. Tahbaz is also a citizen of the United States.

Tahbaz was arrested in 2018 and sentenced to ten years in jail for “assembly and collusion against Iran’s national security” as well as spying for the US.

In recent years, Iran’s elite Revolutionary Guards have detained scores of dual citizens and foreigners, usually on espionage allegations. Human rights advocates accuse Iran of exploiting them as a negotiating chip. Iran, which does not recognize dual nationality, denies using detainees as a diplomatic tool.

Tahbaz was temporarily granted freedom in March when two dual nationals, including British-Iranian relief worker Nazanin Zaghari-Ratcliffe, were permitted to leave Iran.

After Tahbaz was returned to jail in March, a representative for the British Foreign Office said that Iran had informed them that Tahbaz had been remanded to Evin prison to have an ankle bracelet installed and that he would be released free in the following hours.

Source: Reuters


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