On January 16, political prisoner Khaled Freidooni was granted furlough for the first time after spending 21 years in prison.
According to HRANA, the news agency of Human Rights Activists, Freidooni was dispatched to furlough from Urmia Prison.
On August 31, 2000, Freidooni was arrested and charged with “acting against national security” and “enmity against God (Moharebeh) through association with an anti-regime political party”. The Revolutionary Court of Mahabad sentenced him to death. After three and half years, this verdict was reduced to live imprisonment on appeal.
During this period, Freidooni has been jailed in Piranshahr, Mahabad and Urmia prisons. In 2007, he went into exile in Rajai Shahr Prison. After ten years, he was sent back to Urmia Prison.