Dec 15, 2019 12:00 Asia/Tehran [Updated: Jan 26, 2020 19:16 Asia/Tehran]

The Head of the Islamic Republic of Iran Broadcasting (IRIB) World Service stressed the duty of Iranian media to defend citizens' rights.

Iran Press/Iran News: Speaking to the media representatives due to the cancellation of the Iranian stem cell scientist Masoud Soleimani press conference, the Head of IRIB World Service Peyman Jebeli underlined that Soleimani's release does not mean that he is the latest case of the US government's attitude towards Iranian citizens.

"Many Iranian citizens, including ordinary citizens and professionals, are still in US prisons," he added.

Peyman Jebeli went on to say that two of Soleimani's students who were in jail on the same false claim, were also exonerated.

The Head of IRIB World Service highlighted the importance of the duty of the Islamic Republic's media to defend citizen's rights, hoping that the rest of Iranian citizens will be released from US prisons as soon as possible.

"Not only Iranian citizens, but all those who imprisoned on false charges in the US," he said.

Elaborating on Masoud Soleimani's condition, the Head of IRIB World Service said that the Iranian scientist had a heart problem on the way to the Press TV network and was hospitalized."

"If he gets well, we will hold another press conference in the next couple of days. Soleimani certainly has a lot to say. When we launched Soleimani's campaign for freedom on Press TV and other networks in the last few months, we hoped that he would be released as soon as possible. Thank God this happened," he added.

Iranian university professor, Masoud Soleimani, was delivered to Iranian officials in Switzerland in the early hours of Saturday, landed in Tehran earlier in the day as Foreign Minister accompanying him.

Soleimani, a 49-year-old Iranian scientist, left Iran on sabbatical last year but was arrested upon arrival in Chicago and transferred to a prison in Atlanta, Georgia for unspecified reasons.

The Iranian foreign minister said in a tweet earlier in the day that the top scholar, along with Xiyue Wang — a Chinese-born US citizen who had been sentenced to 10 years in prison for espionage in Iran in 2017 — had been delivered to the Swiss officials and would “be joining their families shortly.” 

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