Jailed US journalist Roxana Saberi awaits fate in Iran after hasty ‘spy’ trial

25Apr09

Roxana Saberioriginally published: 15th April 2009

The jailed Iranian-American journalist Roxana Saberi was waiting to learn her fate yesterday after a one-day trial on espionage charges at the Tehran Revolutionary Court.

She was tried on charges of “spying for foreigners . . . for America”, an Iranian government spokesman said, adding that a verdict was expected in two to three weeks. Ms Saberi, 31, who was arrested in January after buying a bottle of wine and accused of working without press credentials, was charged last week with spying for the US. An investigative judge alleged that Ms Saberi had passed classified information to American intelligence services.

News of Monday’s speedy trial, announced by the Government only yesterday, came as a setback for American efforts to secure her release. They also dashed hopes of a rapprochement between the two countries, raised by Tehran’s positive response to President Obama’s appeals for direct talks.

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