Trial closes for US reporter held in Iran, verdict within a week

Published August 10th, 2015 - 01:58 GMT
Jason Rezaian has been held for more than a year in Iran on espionage charges the White House has dismissed as absurd. (AFP/File)
Jason Rezaian has been held for more than a year in Iran on espionage charges the White House has dismissed as absurd. (AFP/File)

The final hearing in the espionage trial of Jason Rezaian, a reporter with the Washington post detained in Iran more than a year ago, ended on Monday and his lawyer said she would appeal a guilty verdict.

Rezaian's lawyer, Leila Ahsan, said she expected the Revolutionary Court in Tehran to issue a verdict within a week.

It was the fourth and final hearing for Rezaian, who is charged with espionage, "collaborating with hostile governments" and spreading propaganda.

He is accused of passing on information through a US journalist to the White House. The 39-year-old has denied these allegations.

The US government has rejected the accusation as absurd and demanded Rezaian's immediate release.

On Saturday, Washington Post Executive Editor Martin Baron demanded an end to what he described as a "sham trial."

Baron said in a statement: "Iran has behaved unconscionably throughout this travesty of a case. It has imprisoned an innocent journalist for more than a year and subjected him to physical mistreatment and psychological abuse."

Rezaian, who holds dual US and Iranian citizenship, was arrested in July 2014 along with his wife Yeganeh Salehi and a female photographer. The two women were released from detention.


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