|Iranian woman released from U.S. prison||
Several years ago, Mir-Qolikhan and her former husband were arrested by the Austrian police on charges of purchasing dual-use equipment. She was released from prison after completing her sentence and returned to Iran.
Mir-Qolikhan told Press TV via telephone from inside prison on November 1, 2010 that she was duped into visiting the United States in 2007 by U.S. officials, who then tried to “make her a spy” and use her to find the whereabouts of her ex-husband.
She was then sentenced to five years in prison.
An unidentified U.S. State Department official said that Mir-Qolikhan completed her prison sentence and left the country, AFP reported.
An Omani official thanked the U.S. government for releasing Mir-Qolikhan “on humanitarian grounds and following efforts made by Oman”, Oman News Agency (ONA) said.
“This humanitarian initiative will serve the interests of both countries and stability in the region,” the unidentified official added.
Upon her arrival at Muscat International Airport, Mir-Qolikhan thanked Sultan Qaboos of Oman for mediating her release.
She said that she was “happy to be free again… and to start a new life”, ONA quoted her as saying.
“I am looking forward to be(ing) with my mother and my two daughters that I have missed five years of their precious lives and spent innocently in prison in the United States,” she said.
Sultan Qaboos had already mediated in certain cases, including the cases of the people who had illegally entered Iran.
The Iranian Foreign Ministry issued a statement on September 22, 2011, saying that Shane Bauer and Joshua Fattal, the two U.S. citizens who were arrested in Iran in 2009, had been released in an act of Islamic clemency and in response to requests by a number of senior foreign officials, including Sultan Qaboos.
U.S. citizens Sarah Shourd, Bauer, and Fattal were arrested by border guards on July 31, 2009 after illegally entering Iran’s territory from Iraq’s Kurdistan region. The three were charged with illegal entry and espionage.
Shourd was released on a bail of $500,000 on September 14, 2010 in an act of Islamic clemency, while Bauer and Fattal were released on a bail of $500,000 each on September 21, 2010.
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|Last Updated on 11 August 2012 19:47|