German-Iranian woman jailed in Tehran gets conditional release: Daughter

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A German-Iranian woman was on Tuesday released from prison in Tehran under strict conditions comparable to “house arrest,” her daughter said, amid mounting concerns about her deteriorating health.

Nahid Taghavi, in her 60s, was sentenced to 10 years and eight months in jail in August 2021 after being arrested at her Tehran apartment in October 2020, and had been held in solitary confinement in Evin prison, which is notorious for holding political prisoners.

She was among a group of Western passport-holders detained in Iran, held as part of a deliberate policy of hostage-taking by Tehran to extract concessions, according to rights groups.

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In a statement on X, formerly Twitter, her daughter Mariam Claren said her mother was “released temporarily” on Tuesday morning.

“Unfortunately Nahid has to wear an electronic ankle tag during the furlough. Nahid’s movement will be restricted (to) 1,000 meters (yards) from her apartment in Tehran,” she wrote.

This meant her release was more comparable to “house arrest,” she said, but added that she hoped the move was “an important first step for her unconditional release.”

Christian Buck, a senior official at Germany’s foreign ministry, welcomed Taghavi’s release “on medical grounds” as “an important first step.”

“We continue to work tirelessly to ensure that Nahid Taghavi is reunited with her family,” he wrote.

The move came after fellow prisoner and prominent rights activist Narges Mohammadi, who was awarded the Nobel Peace Prize last year, warned in June that Taghavi’s life was in danger.

Mohammadi wrote on Instagram that Taghavi could barely get out of bed, and the pain was “so severe it can be seen on her face.”

Taghavi was allowed brief medical leave in 2022, but according to her family she was returned to jail before she could recover.

Mohammadi said that Taghavi’s long spell in solitary confinement had worsened an existing spinal disc condition, and she was now also suffering from cervical disc problems, diabetes and high blood pressure.

Taghavi was convicted on national security charges along with British-Iranian Mehran Raoof, who is also still being held. Her family vehemently rejects the accusations.

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