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Iran: Young Poet Hila Sedighi Released On Bail

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Iranian poet Hila Sedighi, who was arrested this week at Imam Khomeini Airport upon arriving in Tehran, was released on bail on Saturday January 9.

The Kaleme website reported the arrest of the young poet, saying she had apparently been sentenced in absentia.

Hila Sedighi was arrested and interrogated on several occasions after the 2009 election protests. In 2011, she was sentenced to four months in jail and also got a five-year suspended sentence for her activities in the reformist camp during the election.

Sedighi had written a number of poems in connection with the mass protests of 2009 and the widespread crackdown on protesters. Her poems and activism earned her the Hellman-Hammett Award for freedom of speech in 2012.

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