State Department spokesman Ian Kelly today firmly urged the Iranian government to release Kian Tajbakhsh, and expressed deep concern about his detention.
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Daily Press Briefing
July 13, 2009
QUESTION: Do you have any update at all on the Iranian American scholar who was detained last week?
MR. KELLY: Yes, weʼre deeply concerned of reports that an Iranian American scholar has been unjustly detained in Iran. Due to Privacy Act considerations, weʼre not able to comment on the details of his arrest and imprisonment. Itʼs unfortunate that the Iranian Government is making choices that only serve to isolate Iran from the international community.
We urge the Iranian authorities to immediately release Kian Tajbakhsh as well as return the passports of all Americans being kept in Iran on groundless charges.