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Legal News
9 Nov 2009
by Ann Riley

[JURIST] Iran’s prosecutor general Abbas Jafari Dolat-Abadi said Monday that the three American hikers arrested in July for illegally entering Iran are being charged with espionage [IRNA report]. In statements to the Islamic Republic News Agency (IRNA), Dolat-Abadi further declared that the investigation of the American citizens' charges has begun … [read more]

Legal News
4 Aug 2009
by Christian Ehret

[JURIST] An Iranian official confirmed Tuesday the arrest of three US citizens who entered the country on Saturday from Iraq's Kuridish region, according to a state media report [FNA report]. The Americans, who possessed Iraqi and Syrian visas, have been charged with illegal entry near the city of Marivan at … [read more]

Legal News
11 May 2009
by Ximena Marinero

[JURIST] US journalist Roxana Saberi [advocacy site; JURIST news archive] was released from an Iranian prison Monday after an Iranian court of appeals on Sunday reduced her eight-year sentence for espionage to two years and then suspended the sentence. According to statements from Saberi's lawyer, the court determined that the … [read more]

Legal News
5 May 2009
by Amelia Mathias

[JURIST] Spokesperson for the Iranian judiciary Alireza Jamshidi said Tuesday that the appeal of US journalist Roxana Saberi [advocacy website; JURIST news archive] will be heard next week. Saberi was convicted [JURIST report] of spying for the US and sentenced to eight years in jail in Evin, an Iranian jail … [read more]

Legal News
3 May 2009
by Ingrid Burke

[JURIST] Iranian Foreign Minister Manouchehr Mottaki [official website] announced [press briefing] Saturday that Iran's judiciary will fairly review the espionage conviction of US journalist Roxana Saberi [advocacy website; JURIST news archive], adding that "[r]ules and regulations in Iran equally apply to all individuals who violate the law." Mottaki's statement came … [read more]

Legal News
21 Apr 2009
by Brian Jackson

[JURIST] The lawyer for imprisoned US journalist Roxana Saberi [advocacy website; JURIST news archive] on Tuesday appealed her recent conviction for espionage [JURIST report]. A spokesperson for the Iranian judiciary reportedly said that he hoped her eight-year sentence would be changed [Reuters report]. On Monday, Iran's top judge Ayatollah Mahmoud … [read more]

Legal News
20 Apr 2009
by Benjamin Hackman

[JURIST] Iran's judiciary on Monday ordered fair appellate proceedings for a US journalist convicted [JURIST report] this week of espionage and sentenced to eight years in prison. Iran's top judge Ayatollah Mahmoud Hashemi Shahrudi [BBC profile] said the appeal [BBC report] by journalist Roxana Saberi [BBC profile], a dual US-Iran … [read more]

Legal News
19 Apr 2009
by Devin Montgomery

[JURIST] Iranian President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad [official profile; JURIST news archive] on Sunday issued an order to prosecutor Saeed Mortazavi to recognize the legal rights of detained journalists Roxana Saberi [advocacy website] and Hossein Derakhshan [personal weblog], according to a report [text] by the state-run Islamic Republic News Agency (IRNA). According … [read more]

Legal News
18 Apr 2009
by Andrew Gilmore

[JURIST] The Revolutionary Court of Iran convicted US journalist Roxana Saberi [advocacy website] of espionage earlier, sentencing her to eight years in prison, according to her lawyer Saturday. The trial, in which Saberi was accused of passing classified information to US intelligence agencies, was conducted earlier this week [JURIST report] … [read more]

Legal News
14 Apr 2009
by Adrienne Lester

[JURIST] A spokesperson for the Iranian Judiciary announced Tuesday that an imprisoned US journalist was tried on espionage charges Monday. The Revolutionary Court of Iran conducted the trial of Roxana Saberi [advocacy website], accused of passing classified information to US intelligence agencies, in proceedings closed to the public [AP report]. … [read more]

Professional Commentary
25 Mar 2009

Timothy Spence [Press and Communications Manager, International Press Institute]: "North Korean leader Kim Jong-Il is no stranger to ruthlessly muzzling press freedom at home to bury the truth about natural disasters, famine, economic despair and his regime's diplomatic tussles.But the apparent capture of two American journalists on March 17 by … [read more]

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