Iranian-U.S. Scholar Esfandiari Leaves Iran

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[Editor's Note: Haleh Esfandiari is the wife of George Mason University historian Shaul Bakhash.]

Iranian-U.S. scholar Haleh Esfandiari, who was released from a Tehran prison on August 21, has reportedly received her passport from Iranian authorities and left Iran.

The Associated Press quotes her daughter, Haleh Bakhash, as saying Esfandiari plans to stay in Austria for a week to reunite with family before going back to the United States.

Her lawyer, Abdul-Fattah Soltani, told Radio Farda today that Esfandiari left Iran without any difficulties.

"Based on information I have received she apparently left Iran last night after she received her passport from the authorities," he said.

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