Iran: Detained writers released on bail
The two Iranian writers Rouzbeh Gilasian and Elaheh Sorooshnia, who were arrested on 14 December 2015, were released on bail from Amirabad Prison in Gorgan after three weeks in detention, according to Payvand Iran News quoting Radio Zamaneh.
The writers were held primarily in the Revolutionary Guards detention centre and then transferred to Amirabad Prison when interrogations were completed.
The charges against the two writers have not been announced, but their arrest was challenged by many of their peers as well as Iran’s Writers’ Association, which issued a statement calling for their release.
Gilasian is the author of a number of books that have been denied the necessary publication permit from the Ministry of Culture and Guidance but were published on websites.
Recent statements from Iran’s Supreme Leader regarding possible cultural infiltration by the West have according to sources become a pretext for extremist groups in the Islamic Republic establishment to crackdown on artists, especially writers.
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Iran: Two writers arrested