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Political prisoner freed after death sentence reconsidered

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Hamid Ghassemi Shaal, an Iranian political prisoner, was released from Evin Prison on Monday September 23, the Human Rights Activists News Agency (HRANA) reports.

Ghassemi Shaal was arrested in 2008 and sentenced to death for spying. Yesterday a Revolutionary Court reviewed his sentence and reduced it to five years in jail for “assembly and collusion” in relation to events at Tehran University in 1999.

The report indicates that because Ghassemi Shaal had already served five years and four months, he was released from Evin Prison on the night of Monday September 23.

Ghassemi Shaal had travelled to Iran from Canada to check up on his brother, who was in prison.

Alborz Ghassemi, his brother, had also been sentenced to death, but in 2009 he died in jail due to health complications.