TEHRAN (Reuters) – A U.S.-Iranian academic detained in Iran on security-related charges since May is to be freed on bail in the near future, Iran’s Fars News Agency said on Tuesday, citing a source in the prosecutor’s office.
In a case that has further stoked tension with Iran’s old foe, the United States, Haleh Esfandiari was detained in early May during a visit to see her elderly mother in Tehran.
“She will be released from prison soon,” Fars quoted its source as saying. The source did not say how much bail was set at or mention other detained dual nationals.
Iranian judiciary officials had no immediate comment.
On August 12, Iran’s judicial authorities said they had completed their investigations into Esfandiari and another detained Iranian-American, Kian Tajbakhsh.
Last month, Iranian television aired “confessions” by Esfandiari and Tajbakhsh, which the Foreign Ministry said had revealed a U.S.-backed plot to topple Iran’s clerical establishment.