21 March 2006

Secretary-General Pleased at Release from Prison of Iranian Journalist Akbar Ganji

NEW YORK, 20 March (UN Headquarters) -- The following statement was issued today by the Spokesman for UN Secretary-General Kofi Annan:

The Secretary-General is pleased that Akbar Ganji, an Iranian journalist, is now free after having served a six-year prison sentence.  The Secretary-General wishes him good health.  In August 2005, the Secretary-General appealed to the Iranian authorities to grant Mr. Ganji's release on humanitarian grounds, following a prolonged hunger strike.

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