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Iranian translator released from notorious Tehran prison

By the CNN Wire Staff
updated 6:48 PM EDT, Thu May 24, 2012
STORY HIGHLIGHTS
  • Soleimani Nia has been freed on bail, a source close to his family says
  • He had been imprisoned since January on unknown charges
  • Nia had been in solitary confinement during some of his stay at Evin prison

(CNN) -- A prominent Iranian literary translator imprisoned since January on unknown charges has been released on bail, a source close to the family said Wednesday.

Soleimani Nia has yet to be charged.

This month, Nia agreed to suspend a hunger strike after 28 days. He had written a letter of protest to authorities and was told that it would be considered only if he ended his hunger strike, the source said.

Behind bars, he spoke to his family sporadically, the source has said.

Nia was in solitary confinement in Tehran's Evin prison, notorious for its harsh conditions, for some of his time in custody, the source said in April. He was then moved to a general section of the prison.

Associates have previously described Nia as being physically delicate.

Firoozeh Dumas, an Iranian-American author whose best-selling book "Funny in Farsi" Nia translated for the Iranian audience, described her friend as "a very gentle soul."

CNN's Azadeh Ansari and Mitra Mobasherat contributed to this report.

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