Arash Alaei, a pioneering HIV and AIDS doctor, has been released from an Iranian prison, his family said Sunday Aug. 28. Both he and his brother, Kamiar Alaei, who is also a doctor, were arrested in 2008. They were charged with “communication with an enemy government” and for trying to “overthrow the government,” according to Kamiar.
Doctors Kamiar and Arash Alaei on CNN’s “Sanjay Gupta, MD”, Physicians for Human Rights
Iran releases jailed HIV/AIDS doctor, family says, CNN, August 29, 2011
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Kamiar Alaei served most of a three-year sentence and was released in October 2010. Since then, he has fought for his brother’s freedom. “My dearest friends, colleagues and family thank you so much for your tireless help and support. I am pleased to share our happiness that my brother got released today. I am very happy that other prisoners got released, too and now their parents, family members and friends got reunion after a while. What a lovely day!” he wrote on his Facebook page.