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Wednesday, June 23, 2021

Dorothy is Free!

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That’s the news that broke this morning on Twitter by @FreeDorothy:

YEAH! DOROTHY HAS BEEN FREED!!!! SHE IS SAFE AND SOUND IN DOHA FROM IRAN! THANK YOU FOR EVERYONES SUPPORT! SHE WILL BE COMING HOME SHORTLY

The Al Jazeera reporter was arrested at the Damascus airport nearly three weeks ago, and subsequently deported to Iran.

She is safe and in good health, Al Jazeera English reported.

Fiancee Todd Barker, who has flown to Doha to meet Parvaz, told the Seattle Times he received a phone call from her last night at around 9:30 p.m.

“The family and me are elated, and we’re really grateful to the Iranian authorities who treated her very respectfully,” Barker said. “It’s over.”

He added that the first words she said to him were: “I’m so sorry.” He said Parvaz should arrive in Vancouver, B.C., on Wednesday or the day after.

Parvaz will head to Canada shortly, reports say.

Check back here for updates on Parvaz throughout the day.

UPDATESeattle Times: Barker said that Parvaz told him that she had been held in solitary confinement in Evin prison in Tehran. She was questioned by Iranian authorities and kept from contacting her family during the time, but she told him that she was treated well and respectfully.

UPDATE 2: Mehr News Agency (MNA) quotes Tehran Prosecutor General Abbas Jafari Dolatabadi discussing Parvaz’s case:

“This person had travelled to Syria and Syrian officials found something wrong with her passport, and she was deported to Iran because she holds Iranian and Canadian citizenship,” he explained.

He added, “The investigation revealed that nothing was wrong with her passport, so the order of her release was issued.”

Why it took so long for them to release her remains unclear.

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