Iran will free journalist Roxana Saberi




Interesting development today out of Iran. A decision has been made to free the Iranian-American journalist who had been charged — and convicted — with spying:

An Iranian appeals court has reduced the eight-year jail sentence for Iranian-American journalist Roxana Saberi to a suspended two-year term and she will soon be freed, her defence lawyer told Reuters on Monday.

Lawyer Abdolsamad Khorramshahi was speaking a day after the court heard the case of Saberi, who was jailed by a lower court on April 18 on charges of spying for the United States.

“The appeals court … has reduced her jail sentence from eight years to two years of suspended sentence … and she will soon be free,” Khorramshahi told Reuters.

He said Saberi will be banned from doing any reporting work in Iran for five years.

I suspect this decision was made at pretty high levels in Iran, not just by the court of appeals.


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