ANNE GEARAN,AP National Security Writer, Published October 16 2010
Iran releases American held for 2 years in TehranWASHINGTON (AP) — A family spokesman says an American businessman jailed in Iran for more than two years has been released.
Reza Taghavi is out of Tehran's Evin prison and is expected to be escorted from Iran soon.
Iran had accused Taghavi of passing $200 in cash to an Iranian man tied to an allegedly violent opposition group. But the 71-year-old Taghavi hadn't been charged with a crime and denied knowingly supporting the group.
His family had said he has diabetes and was in poor health, and his lawyer has asked Iran to free him on humanitarian grounds.
The family representative says Iranian officials did not give a reason for releasing Taghavi, who lives in Southern California.