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US Journalist Charged in Iran Spy Case

Posted Apr 8, 2009 4:17 PM CDT
By Martha Neil

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A freelance United States journalist who has been in custody in Iran since January has now been charged with spying.

The case of Roxana Saberi, says Hassan Haddad, deputy prosecutor for Tehran, "has been sent to the revolutionary court. She, without press credentials, was carrying out spying activities under the guise of being a reporter," reports the Washington Post. Its article is based on information from the ISNA news agency.

A U.S.-born citizen of Iranian descent, Saberi also holds an Iranian passport. Hence, "legally, she is not regarded here as either a foreign citizen or as a reporter from the United States but as an Iranian engaged in activities for foreign news media without the proper papers," the newspaper explains.

Earlier coverage:

ABAJournal.com: "Freelance US Journalist Arrested in Iran"

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