What's actually happening with Jason Rezaian and Iran?

Published November 24th, 2015 - 08:02 GMT
Despite months of speculation, details of Washington Post reporter Jason Rezaian's imprisonment in Iran remain unclear. (AFP/File)
Despite months of speculation, details of Washington Post reporter Jason Rezaian's imprisonment in Iran remain unclear. (AFP/File)

This week, an Iranian court sentenced Washington Post journalist Jason Rezaian to an unspecified prison term, according to a judiciary spokesperson quoted by Iranian state news. 

This isn’t the first time we’ve heard news about Rezaian; but between the closed-door Iranian legal system and radio silence from Washington, it’s getting hard to keep track of what is—and isn’t— actually happening with the imprisoned American-Iranian journalist. 

Here is a timeline of what we know so far:

July 22, 2014: Rezaian’s house was invaded by Iranian security forces, who took his notes, laptop and books from the home and arrested him and his wife and fellow journalist, Yaganeh Salehi.

October 6, 2014: Fourth months after the initial arrest, Salehi was released from Evin Prison, but Rezaian remained in custody.

April 20, 2015: Nine months after his wife was released, it became public that Rezaian had been indicted on four charges, the most severe of which was espionage.

May 26, 2015: Rezaian’s trial began.

October 11, 2015: Iranian officials announced his conviction, but left many questions unanswered.

November 22, 2015: This Sunday, Rezaian was sentenced to a prison term of undisclosed length.

As has become the norm with this case, exact details are hard to find even though he has been kept in prison for 487 days so far, Douglas Jehl, the foreign editor of the Washington Post said in a statement.

A possible appeal might also be in the works, as a spokesman said that the verdict is “not finalized," but even that is hard to know for sure. 

By Elizabeth Tarbell


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