Washington Post reporter Jason Rezaian charged with espionage and other crimes in Iran
April 20, Tehran: Washington Post journalist Jason Rezaian has been charged in Iran with four crimes, including espionage, conducting propaganda against the establishment,” “collaborating with hostile governments” and “collecting information about internal and foreign policy and providing them to individuals with malicious intent.” Aljazeera reported.
He has been the Post’s correspondent in Tehran since 2012 and Rezaian, 38, has been held in Iran’s Evin Prison since July 22 after security forces raided his home in Tehran. He and his wife, Yeganeh Salehi, both journalists, were arrested, and could be charge up to 20-year prison sentence.
At the weekend, Vatan-e-Emrooz published a front-page article under the headline “Uncoding Jason” the publication reported “Rezaian is facing anti-security accusations such as spying from our country’s nuclear programme, infiltrating important governmental organisations, revealing Iran’s counter-sanctions programmes, including revealing the identities of intermediary companies and companies which worked with Iran in bypassing sanctions.” The Gardian reported.
Sherif Mansour, CPJ’s Middle East and North Africa program coordinator “The fact that Iran has no evidence to back up these grave charges proves the political nature of Jason Rezaian’s prolonged and cruel detention,” and added “We call on Iranian authorities to drop the charges immediately and set the journalist free.”
A statement from the paper’s executive editor, Martin Baron, accused Iran of “indefensible silence” in having kept Mr Rezaian in jail for nine months without revealing why, he urged Iran to clear the names of its correspondent and his wife, Yeganeh Salehi, who is also a journalist and was also taken into custody in July, Washington post Reported.
The Revolutionary Court, where national security cases are held, has not officially provided details of the charges against Rezaian, who was not allowed to consult with a lawyer since his arrest last July until today, according to the Post, Rezaian was kept in solitary confinement and denied a lawyer of his choosing, according to his family and employer. The Oslo Times