Iran Jails Soros Consultant in Tehran
The Regime in Iran is now holding 4 Americans.
Iran alleges that the involvement of Soros and his Iranian consultant Kian Tahbakhsh in a plot to overthrow the regime was revealed in a full confession by another American detainee Haleh Esfandiari.
Kian Tajbakhsh joins three other Americans detained by the Iranian Regime.
Iranian authorities announced Wednesday they have detained Kian Tajbakhsh, a consultant of the Open Society of American billionaire philanthropist George Soros. The arrrest brings to four the number of Iranians with US passports being held in Iranian jails or being prevented from leaving Iran.
Tajbakhsh, 45, who was in Tehran researching drug addiction and AIDS, was detained on 11 May but the news became public only on Wednesday. The former World Bank consultant is accused by the authorities of coming to Iran for Soros with the aim of organising a non-violent revolt against the theocratic regime.
Haleh Esfandiari, 67, the other US academic of Iranian origin, in jail in Tehran since 8 May is also accused of complicty with the Hungarian-born Soros.
The Ministry of Intelligence, in a statement, alleges that the involvement of Soros and his Iranian consultant in a plot to overthrow the regime was revealed in a full confession by Haleh Esfandiari.
According to the Iranian intelligence service, the foundation headed by Soros was seeking to finance and organise “a coloured revolution like that which happened in recent years in Serbia and in some former Soviet republics”.
The same accusation is made against Parnaz Azima (pictured), a journalist of Radio Farda, a Farsi language broadcaster, based in Prague and financed by the US Congress. Parnaz Azima, who is not in detention but whose travel documents have been confiscated, was asked on Wednesday morning to provide a 350,000 Euro caution to be allowed to leave the country.
“My client has been accused of propaganda against the regime and therefore has to pay a caution, which according to the judge corresponds to the salaries received in these years for her work for the radio” said lawyer Mohammad Hossein Aghasi.