Washington Post Journalist Jason Rezaian Convicted By Iranian Court
Washington Post journalist Jason Rezaian has been convicted by an Iranian court, according to a statement from Iran’s government.
Rezaian was the Tehran Bureau Chief for the Post until he was arrested by Iranian authorities and held without charges for nine months, after which he was charged with espionage. Rezaian, the Post, and the United States government all strongly dispute those charges.
The proceeding of the Revolutionary Court that sentenced Rezaian were keep entirely secret. Iran announced that the dual Iranian and American citizen had been convicted in a statement, but did not say exactly which charges he was convicted of. Along with espionage, Rezaian was also charged with “propaganda against the establishment.”
In a statement, Washington Post executive editor Martin Baron called the decision an “outrageous injustice. Iran has behaved unconscionably throughout this case, but never more so than with this indefensible decision by a Revolutionary Court to convict an innocent journalist of serious crimes after a proceeding that unfolded in secret, with no evidence whatsoever of any wrongdoing.”
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