Commentary & Opinion
Editorial Calls for Release of Iranian Physicians, Urges President to Allow Dialogue to Further HIV Prevention Efforts
February 2, 2009
It is "unbelievable" that "two of the physicians who helped pioneer Iran's progressive AIDS-prevention program are now behind bars," the journal Nature says in an editorial, adding that Iranian President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad should "request the appropriate authorities to review the cases of Arash and Kamiar Alaei so that the truth may prevail." The Alaei brothers recently were sentenced to jail terms of three and six years by Tehran's Revolutionary Court on charges of "being U.S. stooges bent on fomenting a velvet revolution to overthrow the state," the editorial says, adding that the brothers' participation with U.S. government officials in two health diplomacy roundtables "apparently attracted suspicion."
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