Iran Sentences Roxana to Eight Years in Prison
From the CPJ blog: “An Iranian court convicted journalist Roxana Saberi of espionage and sentenced her to eight years in prison today following a closed, one-day trial earlier this week, according to international news reports. Her lawyer said he will appeal.”
“Roxana Saberi’s trial lacked transparency and we are concerned that she may not have been treated fairly,” said Mohamed Abdel Dayem, CPJ’s Middle East and North Africa program coordinator. “We call on the Iranian authorities to release her on bail pending her appeal.”
Her father, Reza Saberi, told NPR from Tehran that he was not allowed into the courtroom to hear the verdict. Mr. Saberi also noted that Roxana denied the charge, accused Iranian authorities of coercing statements used against her in court, and vowed to go on a hunger strike.
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