US journalist faces espionage trial in Iran
A Washington Post reporter detained in Iran will be tried for espionage and collaborating with “hostile governments,” in a decision branded absurd Monday by the White House and the newspaper.
Jason Rezaian has been in jail for nine months in Tehran in what has become a politically sensitive case that has paralleled with high- level nuclear talks between Iran and global powers, States.
The allegations against him had been shrouded in secrecy, but in a telephone call to AFP on Monday, Rezaian’s lawyer Leila Ahsan detailed the four serious offences her client faces.
As well as allegedly spying under the first two charges, the 39- year- old journalist, the Post’s Tehran correspondent, stands accused of gathering classified information and of disseminating propaganda
United against the Islamic republic.
Ahsan, who said she had access to the complete criminal file, said it contained “no justifiable proof” against Rezaian, and that she had seen no legal reason to continue his detention after the case’s preliminary investigation.
But requests for bail had been turned down, said the lawyer who also criticized Iranian media for publishing allegations about Rezaian that are “wrong and contrary to reality.”