3 Jun 2011

Iranian bus union leader freed

Mansour Osanloo, the Iranian bus union leader, was set free yesterday after almost fours years of imprisonment in Iran. His release is reportedly conditional on his “good behaviour” and the payment of a bond. 
Osanloo is the president and one of the founding members of the Vahed Syndicate, a free trade union representing Tehran's bus workers. In 2007, Osanloo was sentenced to five years’ imprisonment on charges of “acting against national security” and “propaganda against the state”. In 2010 another year was added to his sentence.
Other people remain in jail for the same ‘crime’ of wanting to join a trade union. They include Mansour’s colleagues, Reza Shahabi and Ebrahim Madadi.

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