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Trial of US jourlist opens in Iran

Sentinel Digital DeskBy : Sentinel Digital Desk

  |  27 May 2015 12:00 AM GMT

Tehran, May 26 : A Washington Post correspondent facing charges, including spying, appeared in an Iranian court on Tuesday, media reports said. Jason Rezaian appeared before Branch 15 of Iran’s Islamic Revolution Court, IR news agency reported. The US jourlist was accompanied by his wife Yeganeh Salehi and a female press photographer. The charges levelled against Rezaian, a 39-year-old Iranian-American, include “espioge, collaboration with hostile governments, gathering classified information and dissemiting propaganda against the Islamic Republic”, his lawyer Leila Ahsan was quoted as saying. Rezaian could face up to 20 years in jail if convicted. He was arrested in July last year. Rezaian’s wife, who works as a correspondent for the United Arab Emirates-based daily The tiol, and the female photographer were also arrested alongside him but were released on bail in October last year. Washington Post condemned “the shameful acts of injustice” facing its Tehran correspondent. (IANS)

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