Iran releases jailed Canadian professor

Iran has released a Canadian professor accused of espionage on humanitarian grounds because of her ill health, the Iranian Foreign Ministry said Monday.

Homa Hoodfar, who was arrested in March during a visit to family and imprisoned in June, is already back in Canada, Iranian Foreign Ministry spokesman Bahram Ghasemi said in Tehran.

The 65-year-old academic, who holds both Canadian and Iranian citizenship, was accused of spying and cooperating with Western secret services.

"Canadians are relieved that Dr Hoodfar has been released from jail and will soon be reunited with her family, friends and colleagues," a statement from Prime Minister Justin Trudeau said.

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