Iran Releases Imprisoned Physicist

August 30, 2016

​A physicist imprisoned in Iran for five years has been released on parole and will be allowed to leave the country, Nature reported.

Omid Kokabee was a Ph.D. student at the University of Texas at Austin when he was arrested in 2011 during a trip to his native Iran.  Kokabee, who was convicted of espionage-related charges, has stated that he was persecuted for his unwillingness to participate in Iran’s nuclear weapons program. He was granted temporary medical leave from prison this spring after having a kidney removed due to cancer. 

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