Woman jailed in Iran for watching men's volleyball has been released on bail

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Woman jailed in Iran for watching men's volleyball has been released on bail
24th November 2014

Ghoncheh Govani, a British-Iranian woman, who was detained after attempting to watch a men's volleyball match in Iran has been released on bail.

Her release came as a complete surprise to even the closest members of her family.

The 26 year-old graduate from Shepherd's Bush has now been reunited with her mother.

Shadia Edwards-Dashti has been campaigning for Ghoncheh's release. She joined Wake Up London to talk about what her release will mean.

Her family have said that her release is due to ill-health as during her detention she had been on hunger strike and it is thought that this has taken its toll on her.

She has to not been freed indefinitely as she is currently out on bail and will have to await a decision at the court of appeal.

London Live’s James Banks was live from Foreign Office.


After 149 days and a 700,000 strong petition calling for her release, West Londoner Ghoncheh Govani has been freed on her 26th birthday today. To talk about her case Shiva Mahbobi, who was also held in an Iranian prison and campaigns for the release of others, and Karen Middleton, from Amnesty International, appeared on Headline London today.


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