In an attempt to smooth things over ahead of Iranian President Hassan Rouhani’s visit to the United Nations Tuesday, Iran has released 80 political prisoners. I cannot find a list of all the names, but it appears Hossein Derakhshan (Hoder) was not among them. Among those released was Hamid Ghassemi-Shall, also Canadian, and arrested the same year that Hoder was (2008). [more inside]
Iran president: US hikers Shane Bauer and Josh Fattal to be freed ‘in a couple of days’ Mahmoud Ahmadinejad says alleged spies will be released on ‘humanitarian’ grounds. Is there any way this news can help us get Mefi's Own Hoder freed? [more inside]
Hoder Update? For the first time since before Christmas, Hoder's family has posted on their blog. There have been two updates today, and on the hoderderakhshan YouTube channel two videos (from 2007) have been uploaded. [more inside]
One step closer. Today, jailed Iranian-American dissident Roxana Saberi had her original term replaced with a suspended sentence and was freed from prison, allowing her to leave the country immediately. However, there is no word yet from Iran regarding our own Hossein Derakhshan, hoder on Metafilter, who was jailed along with Saberi three months ago. [more inside]
For those who are interested, Iranian officials have confirmed hoder's arrest. His "case is under preliminary investigation and he is in custody." The old (closed) Metatalk thread about his initial disappearance is here.