Iran Gives 8-Year Sentence To Roxana Saberi For Espionage
April 20, 2009 at 2:20 PM (PT)
Iranian-American reporter ROXANA SABERI, who has worked with NPR, the BBC, ABC NEWS, and other international media outlets, has been found guilty of espionage in IRAN and has been sentenced to eight years in prison.
SABERI, a dual citizen of the U.S. and IRAN, was first detained in JANUARY. THE COMMITTEE TO PROTECT JOURNALISTS reports that deputy public prosecutor HASSAN HADDAD told the IRANIAN STUDENTS NEWS AGENCY (ISNA) that SABERI "without press credentials and under the name of being a reporter, was carrying out espionage activities."
The journalist's parents, REZA and AKIKO SABERI, have traveled from their home in NORTH DAKOTA to visit her in the Iranian prison; REZA SABERI told NPR that she was pale and weak but appeared to be in good spirits. According to THE HILL, Swiss President HANS-RUDOLF MERZ met with Iranian President MAHMOUD AHMADINEJAD ahead of the U.N. racism conference to express American concerns about SABERI to the Iranians.