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(RFE/RL) June 10, 2007 -- Iran has confirmed the detention of a third U.S.-Iranian citizen on security-related charges.

The detention of California peace activist Ali Shakeri was widely suspected, as unsourced reports had suggested he was being held over possible accusations of security-related wrongdoing.

Shareki's detention was announced today by Iranian Foreign Ministry spokesman Mohammad Ali Hosseini.

Two U.S.-Iranian scholars -- Haleh Esfandiari and Kian Tajbakhsh -- are also in jail, accused of spying.

A fourth U.S.-Iranian citizen, Radio Farda reporter Parnaz Azima, has been charged with "antirevolutionary" activities and is free on bail.

The U.S. State Department calls the charges "groundless."


Radio Farda's Parnaz Azima