Washington Post journalist faces trial in Iran on espionage charges

Published April 20th, 2015 - 03:46 GMT

Washington Post journalist Jason Rezaian, who has been detained in Iran since July 2014, will face trial for espionage, “collaboration with hostile governments,” and other charges, his lawyer told AFP. 

 His lawyer, Leila Ahsan, also told AFP that there is “no justifiable proof” to support the charges against her client, whose trial does not yet have a date.  

Rezaian, who is a dual Iranian-American citizen, is being held in Tehran’s Evin Prison, where, according to Ahsan, he has no access to news media.  He has been based in Iran since 2008 and in 2012 became the Washington Post’s Iran correspondent. 

In early March, the Washington Post reported that Rezaian was allowed an attorney – however, the lawyer chosen for him was not the one preferred by the detained journalist’s family. 

Rezaian was detained along with his wife, Iranian photojournalist Yaganeh Salehi, who was later released on bail, PressTV reported. 

Rezaian was one of three detained U.S. citizens Obama demanded Iran to release in March 2015.  

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