Radio Farda: Did they notify you in advance that you could pick up your passport [on September 4]?
Parnaz Azima: Yes, the Information Ministry called me on [September 2] and told me they wanted to speak to me about my situation and that we might be able to reach a solution. [On Monday] at 10 a.m., I went to speak to them and after a half-hour interview, they told me that I could pick up my passport. But they told me the bail [the deed of the Azima's mother's house, estimated to be worth some $550,000, in lieu of bail] wouldn't be returned to me and my case would stay open for now. My lawyer is supposed to arrange a court date. I spoke to my lawyer, and he told me that he was planning to set a court date as soon as possible to clarify my case. Personally, I can't make any predictions how my case will be resolved.
Radio Farda: You've been told that you're allowed to travel abroad again?
Azima: Exactly. When I went to the national passport office, the passport-related bureau of the presidential office (supervised by the Intelligence Ministry) today, I asked them if I was allowed to travel. They told me that with the return of my passport, my travel ban had also been lifted and I could leave whenever I wished.
Radio Farda: What are your plans now?
Azima: I had left all my affairs untended. The only thought I have now is to return home on the earliest flight I can find and to put my affairs in order. Then we have to see when the court will convene and how it'll turn out.