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    Iran accuses journalist of spying

    Iran accuses journalist of spying
    An Iranian-American journalist who has been detained in Iran since January has been accused of spying, according to her lawyer.

    Roxana Saberi, held in Evin prison in Tehran since late January, will appear in court next week, the lawyer said.

    Originally she had been accused of the less serious offence of buying a bottle of wine.

    The authorities then alleged she had been working as a journalist without a valid press card.

    Now the deputy public prosecutor has accused her of the very serious crime of spying.
    BBC NEWS | Middle East | Iran accuses journalist of spying

    By not saying anything when the DPRK took two American journalists hostage one month ago, the Obama administration has sent a loud and clear message to the tyrants of the world: "We don't care." Now it's open season on Americans abroad. Let's see what kind of concessions this twit is going to make to secure her release.

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    Re: Iran accuses journalist of spying

    By not saying anything when the DPRK took two American journalists hostage one month ago, the Obama administration has sent a loud and clear message to the tyrants of the world: "We don't care."
    The arrest of this journalist in Iran was in January, prior to the arrest of the American journalists in the DPRK.

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    Re: Iran accuses journalist of spying

    Quote Originally Posted by Khayembii Communique View Post
    The arrest of this journalist in Iran was in January, prior to the arrest of the American journalists in the DPRK.
    But it was just recently that they trumped the charges up to "espionage."

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    Re: Iran accuses journalist of spying

    Here is an update. The trial of Roxana Saberi is over as of today. The sham court heard Saberi's final defense statement and a verdict is expected within two to three weeks. The Obama Administration has claimed the the charges of espionage are baseless. Secretary of State Hillary Clinton has called for her release. Roxana Saberi is an American born to a Iranian father and a Japanese mother. She will most likely hang for this crime for which she is not guilty.

    For some reason This story is not getting the coverage it deserves. And this post has been here for 6 days. I guess you people arn't intrested.

    American Journalist Roxana Saberi on Trial in Iran for Spying; Could Face Death Penalty | wowOwow






    TEHRAN, April 14 (UPI) -- Iranian-American journalist Roxana Saberi will receive a verdict in her Tehran spying trial within weeks, Iranian officials said Tuesday.

    A spokesman for Iran's judiciary, Alireza Jamshidi Saberi, told the semiofficial Mehr News Agency that Saberi, who freelanced for National Public Radio and the BBC, had completed her defense against spying charges at a trial Monday, CNN reported.

    "Jamshidi emphasized that since Roxana Saberi's last defense statement has been completed, therefore the verdict should be forthcoming within the next couple of weeks," Mehr reported.

    Officials say Saberi, who grew up in Fargo, N.D., and held dual U.S. and Iranian citizenship, has confessed to espionage charges, allegedly admitting her work for the media organizations was a cover.

    Her father, Reza Saberi, told CNN his daughter initially thought she had been detained for buying wine. Iranian Foreign Ministry spokesman Hassan Qashqavi
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    Re: Iran accuses journalist of spying

    I know I'm probably going to get lambasted, but how do we know she wasn't a spy? I mean, we DO spy on other countries and Iran is definitely one of those countries. She's the perfect candidate to conduct clandestine operations for the intelligence community; dual citizen, background in journalism/photography, female. Sometimes spies get caught.

    I'm just saying...

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    Re: Iran accuses journalist of spying

    Quote Originally Posted by Ethereal View Post
    I know I'm probably going to get lambasted, but how do we know she wasn't a spy? I mean, we DO spy on other countries and Iran is definitely one of those countries. She's the perfect candidate to conduct clandestine operations for the intelligence community; dual citizen, background in journalism/photography, female. Sometimes spies get caught.

    I'm just saying...
    It's impossible to prove that she is not. However, I doubt they have sufficient evidence to prove that she is. Look at the progression of the charges.

    1) buying wine
    2) no press card
    3) espionage

    In any case, even if she was a "spy," it's a breach of protocol to execute non-citizens accused of espionage. The proper response is to deport them.

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    US 'deeply disappointed' as Iran convicts reporter

    TEHRAN, Iran (AP) - Iran convicted an American journalist of spying for the United States and sentenced her to eight years in prison, her lawyer said Saturday, complicating the Obama administration's efforts to break a 30-year-old diplomatic deadlock with Tehran.
    The White House said President Barack Obama was "deeply disappointed" by the conviction, while the journalist's father told a radio station his daughter was tricked into making incriminating statements by officials who told her they would free her if she did.
    It was the first time Iran has found an American journalist guilty of espionage - a crime that can carry the death penalty.
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    Re: US 'deeply disappointed' as Iran convicts reporter

    Example of Iranian evidence:

    Iranian Judge: Where are you from?

    Reporter: United States

    Iranian Judge: GUILTY!!
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    Re: Iran accuses journalist of spying

    Update

    American Journalist Roxana Saberi has been convicted and given 8 years in prison in Iran. Originaly arrested for buying a bottle of wine she will not get out of prison till 2017. For some reason this story is not being covered. does anyone give a damn, apparently not by the response to this thread.

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    Re: US 'deeply disappointed' as Iran convicts reporter

    She will most likely not live long enough to finish her 8 year sentence and be realeased. Something has got to be done about this.
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