I had a piece out in Saturday’s Times about an Iranian dissident journalist, Shahabaddin Sheikhi, who had an extraordinarily lucky escape from Tehran’s notorious Evin Prison.
Sheikhi had been writing about women’s rights and Kurdish issues and had also been active in the Green Movement following the regime’s disgraceful stitch up of the last elections.
For doing this he was facing charges which would have resulted in lengthy imprisonment or even execution. Sheikhi was rounded up along with thousands of others on the anniversary of the Iranian revolution in February.
As the prison was overloaded with an intake of new prisoners, he was able to surreptitiously join a group of those being released.
Those with a subscription can read the story here.