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OC man home after 2 years in Iran prison

October 21, 2010 12:00:00 AM PDT
An Orange County man held prisoner in Iran for more than two years was back in Southern California Thursday night.Reza Taghavi arrived at Los Angeles International Airport on Thursday night with his attorney, who won Taghavi's release after talks with Iranian envoys.

He was freed Saturday after 29 months in prison.

The 71-year-old businessman was arrested for allegedly giving money to a rebel group.

Taghavi says he was asked to deliver $200 as a favor for an acquaintance and didn't know who was receiving it.

The group Taghavi was accused of supporting has been connected to a 2008 mosque bombing. He was never charged and denies knowingly supporting the faction.

As a condition of his release, Taghavi met with some of the people hurt in that bombing.

The Associated Press contributed to this report.


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