ESPIONAGE: US Journalist Goes to Court in Iran for Giving Info to ‘Hostile Countries’

Screen Shot 2015-05-19 at 9.49.09 AMThe journalist, Jason Rezaian, had duel citizenship to the US and Iran. After being in prison for 10 months, he now gets to have a trial after only one meeting with his attorney.

The trial of a Washington Post journalist detained in Iran for almost 10 months on charges that include “espionage” will begin next week.

Jason Rezaian, a dual US-Iranian citizen, is scheduled to go on trial at a Revolutionary Court on Tuesday.

His wife Yeganeh Salehi, who was arrested alongside him in July but later bailed, and a third person have also been summoned to appear in court.

It is not clear whether proceedings will be open to the public.

The Washington Post’s executive editor, Martin Baron, denounced what he called the “contemptible prosecution” of Mr Rezaian, who has been allowed only a single meeting with his lawyer – in the presence of official translators – to prepare.

‘Anything but fair’

Iranian state media quoted an unnamed judiciary official as saying on Tuesday that Mr Rezaian and two others would appear in court for the first time next week.

The journalist’s lawyer, Leila Ahsan, told the Associated Press that she had confirmed the news with the court.

She said the other two defendants were Ms Salehi, who was a reporter for the Abu Dhabi-based newspaper The National, and a freelance photographer who worked for foreign media who has not been named publicly.

Read more: BBC

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