Irishman Who Had Been Imprisoned In Iran Has Been Released


An Irishman that had been imprisoned in Iran since October has been released and is now on his way to France. Bernard Phelan, aged 64 and originally from Clonmel has been pardoned and released according to the Iranian Embassy in Ireland. His release is on consular and humanitarian grounds.  Mr Phelan was detained in Iran last year and accused of anti-government propaganda.  Mr Phelan is based in Paris and had been working as a travel consultant at the time of his arrest. In recent months his family have been campaigning for his release especially his father, Vincent who is aged in his late 90s.  

Bernard Phelan had been given a 6 six-year prison sentence and his father feared he would never see him alive again.  President Higgins has thanked everyone  who  worked to secure what he termed “this positive outcome for Bernard Phelan and his family.”