Iran frees scribes

TEHRAN: Iranian authorities have freed five men, including reformist journalists and aides of opposition leaders, on bail after some of them paid hefty sureties, an opposition website reported late on Sunday. Abdollah Momeni, Mehdi Forzandehpour, Ehsan Mehrabi, Akbar Montajabi and Vahid Pourostad were behind bars after they were detained as part of a crackdown on supporters of opposition leaders. Momeni, a top reformist student activist and an aide to opposition leader Mehdi Karroubi, has been sentenced to six years in jail but was granted five days’ prison leave on bail of 800,000 dollars, his lawyer said.