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Father says Roxana 'suicidal'

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Reuters reports today that Roxana is “pretty suicidal,” according to her father Reza Saberi.

“She is pretty suicidal,” said the elder Saberi, who lives in Fargo, North Dakota. “She is saying she will go on a hunger strike if they keep her there. I tried to calm her down. I told her we are doing everything and to just hold on. Don’t give in. We will try to secure her release.”

Saberi said his daughter told him she had met with a prosecutor in Tehran and been told she may be in prison for several months and possibly up to two years.

The State Department appears to be trying other avenues to open access to Roxana:

“We are now are pushing for, through the Swiss, consular access, which we feel is particularly necessary at this time,” State Department spokesman Gordon Duguid said at a briefing.

Switzerland represents U.S. interests in Tehran as Washington does not have diplomatic ties with Iran.

Written by Keith Kamisugi

March 25, 2009 at 2:52 pm

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