More than 70 award winning Iranian university graduates have called for the release of one of their friends and colleagues, photographer Hamed Saber, who was jailed approximately one month ago apparently over pictures he took at last year's street demonstrations protesting the reelection of Iranian President Mahmud Ahmadinejad.
The group say in a statement posted on a newly launched blog 'freehamedsaber
' that Saber, a graduate in computer science from one of Iran's top universities (Sharif University), is a bright and religious young man who didn't have ties to any political group or organization.
They say Saber, the winner of a Bronze medal in an international scientific competition, had the possibility to emigrate but he preferred to stay in Iran and work for its "independence and economic progress." The statement calls on Iranian leaders to give Saber a fair trial.
"We call on the country's [officials] to respect each other's ideas and create such conditions where all people particularly experts can freely play a role in the country's progress."
Here are links
to some of the pictures
Saber had taken from the post-election events, which he posted on his flickr and picasa web pages under his real name
His photos were posted and used by many publications and websites. One of Saber's photos reportedly made the front cover of the German magazine "Der Spiegel
-- Golnaz Esfandiari