Iran jails Washington Post 'spy'

2015-11-22 17:07
Jason Rezaian. (Molly Riley, AP)

Jason Rezaian. (Molly Riley, AP)

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Tehran - Iran has sentenced Washington Post reporter Jason Rezaian to a prison term following his conviction on espionage charges, state media reported on Sunday.

At a press conference in Tehran, judiciary spokesperson Gholam Hossein Mohseni Ejei would not divulge the details of the sentence, IRNA news agency reported.

The spokesperson said the verdict had not yet been officially delivered to the defendant and his lawyer.

The US-Iranian journalist is accused of spying for the United States and producing anti-Iranian propaganda. Rezaian is alleged to have passed on insider information to the White House through a US journalist.

The 39-year-old denies the allegations, saying he was only doing his job as a journalist.

"We're aware of the reports in the Iranian media, but have no further information at this time. Every day that Jason is in prison is an injustice. He has done nothing wrong," said Douglas Jehl, foreign editor of the Washington Post.

"Even after keeping Jason in prison 487 days so far, Iran has produced no evidence of wrongdoing. His trial and sentence are a sham, and he should be released immediately," read the statement from Jehl.

Washington Post executive editor Martin Baron said last month: "Jason is a victim - arrested without cause, held for months in isolation, without access to a lawyer, subjected to physical mistreatment and psychological abuse. The only thing that has ever been clear about this case is Jason's innocence."

The US government had rejected the charges as absurd and called for Rezaian's immediate release.

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