Iran frees 2 lawyers representing activists

An opposition website says two lawyers representing political activists have been released from jail a week after they were detained. said Friday that Maryam Kianersi and Rosa Gharachorlu were among five lawyers detained on security charges upon returning home from abroad. The other three lawyers remain in detention.

Their arrests appeared to be part of Iran's crackdown on dissidents and the lawyers defending them that began after the disputed presidential election in June 2009.

The two freed women were among the signatories of an open letter in September calling for the release of prominent human rights lawyer Nasrin Sotoudeh, who was arrested on Sept. 4 on suspicion of spreading propaganda against the ruling system.