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Iran Bans Iranian-American Student From Leaving


Esha Momeni

Esha Momeni

Iran has renewed a travel ban on an Iranian-American student who was detained last year on security-related charges but later freed on bail, the judiciary has said.

Esha Momeni was detained in mid-October during a visit to Iran from the United States to see family and carry out research on the women's movement. She was freed on November 10 after spending almost four weeks in a Tehran prison.

Judiciary spokesman Alireza Jamshidi, who late last year said he saw no obstacle to Momeni leaving Iran, said she had been banned again from departing because of a new charge against her that was being investigated. He did not give details.

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