Last Update

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Organisation

Unknown

Gender

Male

Ethnic Group

Unknown

Religoius Group

Muslim

Province

Tehran

Occupation

Journalist

Sentence

Unknown

Sentence Date

Unknown

Status

Released

Institution investigating

Unknown

Career

Former Editor-in-chief of IRNA News Agency and Current Editor-in-chief of IRNA Plus

Charges

Insulting Iranian officials

Amar Kalantari Released

On 1 September 1 2014, security forces arrested Seyed Amar Kalantari at the offices of the Islamic Azad University News Agency. He was later released; the release date is unknown.

Amar Kalantari, who was close to the late former president Akbar Hashemi Rafsanjani and his allies, published comments on the Ayandeh News website[1]  and was arrested under a warrant issued by Mohammad Ali Ramin, Vice Minister of Culture of the time.

On 9 November 2014, Amar Kalantari was granted a brief temporary release and returned to prison after just a few days. But on 13 December 2014, he was released after three months in prison. He had informed on and criticized Foad Sedeghi[2]  due to embezzlement and financial corruption in the government of former president Mahmoud Ahmadinejad. He was eventually released from prison.

 

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