Iran jails Washington Post reporter

Tehran, Nov 22 (IANS) An Iranian court on Sunday sentenced Washington Post reporter Jason Rezaian to an unspecified prison term, a top Iranian judiciary official said.

Rezaian was previously detained in Iran in 2014, charged with espionage related to Iran’s nuclear programme and dissemination of false information, Xinhua reported.

“Rezaian’s verdict has yet to be officially relayed to him and his lawyer. I am not at liberty to divulge verdict details, however, he received a prison sentence. Still, the verdict is not final,” Iranian judiciary spokesman Gholam-Hossein Mohseni-Ejei was quoted as saying by the semi-official Iranian Student’s News Agency (ISNA).

On October 11, Mohseni-Ejei announced that Iran had issued the verdict against Rezaian, adding that he had 20 days to appeal his verdict.

The 39-year-old Iranian-American has been working as a Washington Post correspondent since 2012.

Rezaian was arrested along with his wife, Yeganeh Salehi, a reporter for the Abu Dhabi-based National newspaper, along with two Iranian-American freelance photojournalists, on July 22, 2014.

The photographers were later released, with Salehi freed on bail two months later.

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