Taken Question
Bureau of Public Affairs, Office of the Spokesman
Washington, DC
May 6, 2009


Question: Please provide an update on the arrest and conviction of IREX employee Silva Harotonian.

Answer: Ms. Harotonian was arrested on June 26, 2008 and was reportedly charged with unspecified activities related to promoting a "velvet revolution" in Iran. She was subsequently convicted and sentenced to three years in prison. We understand her second appeal is pending and that she is in poor and deteriorating health as a direct consequence of her confinement.

We once again urge Iran’s leadership to grant the release of Ms. Harotonian. The charges against her are without foundation.



PRN: 2009/427

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