To Iranian Convict
She’s being used as a propaganda tool against the West, and if the day comes when Iran does indeed get the nuke bomb, you’ll see a sudden increase of these incidents, as well as an increase in other human rights abuses in Iran. KGS
TEHRAN (Reuters) – An Iranian-American journalist accused in Iran of spying for the United States has been sentenced to eight years in jail, her lawyer said on Saturday, five days after she was put on trial.
The jailing of Roxana Saberi could become a source of tension between Iran and the United States at a time when Washington is trying to reach out to the Islamic Republic following three decades of mutual mistrust.
Iran’s judiciary earlier this week said Saberi went on trial on Monday at a Revolutionary Court, which handles state security issues. “She has been sentenced to eight years … I will appeal,” lawyer Abdolsamad Khorramshahi told Reuters.
The United States has called the charges against Saberi, a freelance reporter who has worked for the BBC and National Public Radio, “baseless and without foundation” and demanded her immediate release.
Saberi, 31, is a citizen of both the United States and Iran but Tehran does not recognize dual nationality.