Lawyer: Iran convicts US journalist of spying
Associated Press / ALI AKBAR DAREINI
18-Apr-2009 (9 comments)

An American journalist jailed in Iran has been convicted of spying and sentenced to eight years in prison, her lawyer said Saturday, dashing any hopes for her quick release.  Roxana Saberi, a 31-year-old dual American-Iranian citizen, was arrested in late January and initially accused of working without press credentials. But an Iranian judge later leveled a far more serious allegation, charging her with spying for the United States.

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Re: ./., since you seem to have access to the proceedings of a..

by ./. (not verified) on

FYI, I have no access to any "secret" proceedings. That Roxana had confessed to spying came in an interview of NPR with her father Reza (Interview broadcast on Satuday 4/18/2009). Like any father in his situation, he wanted to be supportive of her daughter, and that is fine. In that interview, he said that after she was first arrested, she was told by the intelligence ministry people to say certain things and if she did she would be freed. She then said those and that is that. Later the ministry provided her with evidence of serious breach of Iran's military information by her. This came out in many news articles written about her case.
Ostaad: You don't have to be a member of intelligence ministery to be intelligent!

Have a nice "bahar" day!

Farhad Kashani

Another great example of

by Farhad Kashani on

Another great example of the endless examples of IRIs justice, civility, humanity and regard for any decency!

 When will the reign of this Fascist regime end, when??  


RE: ./ .

by Fatollah (not verified) on

Dude! where have you been lately? I'd basiclly confess to anything, if they placed a burning primus under my chair while interrogated! Ofcourse, they are far more subtle in the intelligence ministry, especially with the female captors! but, then again you yourself sounds like a repr. of the very same ministry that arrested Palizdar!


Mr Khadivar

by Fatollah (not verified) on

How can you trust them after Khomeiny's statements prior to and after 1979 !?


./., since you seem to have access to the proceedings of a...

by Ostaad on

"secret" trial, and you even know about the questions the "intelligence ministry people" asked her, would you please reveal more of your knowledge of what went on? Don't you think you owe it to us to inform us about Roxana's guilt or innocence, if you really know what you're talking about?

BTW, how did you come to know this stuff?


Very Sad Day.

by 1 Hamvatan (not verified) on

These days are truely our country's darkest days.
these mullahs have brought nothing but shame and misery to our country. Why can't people see that? if they do, why can't get rid of them?? what stopping them?

I have very Bad feeling for these days, I am not sure what but something really bad going to happen to Iran, very soon. Maybe you feel it too.Of course, then it will be very late.


Its obvious the hardliners

by OmidKarimi on

Its obvious the hardliners got their way with this one. Jail her for 8 years to show that the US cannot interfere in Iranian internal affairs. Thats the message they want to send with this. 

Considering the trial only tok one day, its fair to say it was a pure political move.


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Spies in any country ...

by ./. (not verified) on

Spies conviceted in any country (inclusing the USA) are sent to jail. Does not matter it is a boy, girl, woman, man, or ... . Why did she accept to spionoge when she was asked by the intelligence ministry people, when first questions? Would you accept to have spied for anyone if you have not? What does that say about this Roxana lady?

Darius Kadivar

What a Bunch of Nuts ! ...

by Darius Kadivar on

Crazy Regime what a foolish regime. And then they ask Iranians in the Diaspora to go back and invest in their country ...

My Foot ! How can anyone trust them after this ?