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Iran frees Dutch human rights campaigner held on death row

A Dutch-Iranian human rights campaigner who had been sentenced to death in Iran has been freed and allowed to return home to the Netherlands, his son told a Dutch press agency on Friday.

 

Abdullah al-Mansouri, 69, arrived home on August 20, his son Adnan told the ANP press agency.

 

A defender of Arab minority rights in Iran, Mansouri was sentenced to death in 2007 for "terrorism", but this was later commuted to 15 years in prison. Mansouri was convicted for his work in the Khuzestan province of western Iran, where the majority Sunni-Arab population has pushed for greater autonomy.

 

He does not know why he was released so early, ANP reported. His son said Iranian prisoners can be released early for good behaviour.