13 Jun 2011

Release of Mansour Osanloo is only temporary

Despite earlier statements by prison authorities about his release, Mansour Osanloo, president of the Iranian independent bus union (Sherkat-e Vahed), is only on a short leave of abscence from prison.
His sister, 
Fereshteh Osanlu, said “We thought he was released but then they told us he has just come on furlough, and he must return to prison after the [June national] holidays.” 
Mansour was arrested by security forces on 10 July, 2007 near his house and was sentenced to five years in prison on charges of “acting against national security,” and “propagating against the regime. 
With just a few months left until completion of his prison term, Osanloo’s doctors have repeatedly diagnosed him as incapable of serving the remainder of his prison term due to his heart disease. He has been hospitalized several times as a result of clogged arteries.

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