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Rafsanjani's Daughter Released From Iranian Jail

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Rafsanjani Jailings Come Against Backdrop Of Battle For Influence

The arrests of Ali Akbar Hashemi Rafsanjani's daughter and son are just the latest blow to the former Iranian president, who has long come under fire from hard-liners over his support for the opposition movement that challenged the reelection in 2009 of President Mahmud Ahmadinejad.
The daughter of Iran's former President Akbar Hashemi Rafsanjani has been released from prison after serving a six-month sentence on charges of spreading antistate propaganda.

Her lawyer, Sohrab Soleimani, said Faezeh Hashemi was freed from Tehran's Evin prison on March 19.

She was arrested in late September.

She had been tried and convicted in January when the court also banned her from engaging in political activities for five years.

Hashemi had taken part in protests which erupted after President Mahmud Ahmadinejad's reelection in 2009.

Rafsanjani has been openly critical of Ahmadinejad.

He was president of Iran from 1989 to 1997.

Based on reporting by AFP and AP

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