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Guilty verdict issued in Iran trial of Wash Post reporter

Sunday, October 11, 2015 - 01:40

Iran's judiciary says Jason Rezaian is found guilty in the espionage trial against him but issues no details, prompting the paper to wonder if the move is political in nature. Gavino Garay reports.

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A ruling has been issued by Iran's judiciary in the case of Iranian-American reporter Jason Rezaian... but its actual details and the fate of the Washington Post Tehran Bureau Chief remain unknown. Rezaian was accused in 2014 of collecting confidential information and acting against Iran's national security... claims the Post calls absurd. The paper told Reuters Tehran is working a political angle in revealing no details of the verdict, saying Sunday's announcement shows the case is part of a larger bargaining chip. Washington Post Foreign Editor Douglas Jehl. (SOUNDIBTE) (English) WASHINGTON POST FOREIGN EDITOR DOUG JEHL SAYING: "We've now heard from the Iranian government today that a verdict has been issued in Jason's case, but that it's not final and that it's subject to appeal. That's really all we know and unfortunately it reflects a continued pattern of mystery, opacity and gamesmanship surrounding the way Iran handled this case... It's increasingly clear that the final decision about jason's case will handled will be made by political authorities, not by judicial ones." It was unclear if Rezaian himself was advised of the verdict. His arrest has been a sensitive issue between Washington and Iran, and the U.S. State Department says it's monitoring the case closely. That's of little consolation to the family of Rezaian, whose imprisonment is now as long as that of the American embassy staff held after the 1979 takeover of the embassy in Tehran.

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Guilty verdict issued in Iran trial of Wash Post reporter

Sunday, October 11, 2015 - 01:40