Roxana Saberi Freed from Iranian Prison

Journalist Roxana Saberi was freed from a Tehran jail on Monday, according to her father. Reza Saberi says his Iranian-American daughter’s sentence was reduced.
A lawyer in Iran representing Saberi has confirmed that on Sunday a deal was imminent after a five-hour closed-door appeals hearing. Now free, the young woman will be allowed to leave the country immediately.

The Telegraph reports:

“The verdict of the previous court has been quashed,” lawyer Saleh Nikbakht said. “Her punishment has been changed to a suspended two-year sentence and she will be out of prison.”

On April 13 Saberi was convicted and sentenced to eight years of jail for “cooperating with a hostile state.” Her trial lasted only one day and was the cause of outrage globally.

The Iranian court has now reduced her term to a suspended two-year sentence on the condition that she is banned from reporting from Iran for the next five years.

NPR President and CEO Vivian Schiller said the network was “overjoyed” at the news of Saberi’s impending release.

“We are … grateful to everyone who has shared in our efforts to gain her release,” Schiller said Monday. “Roxana is an established and respected professional journalist and we look forward to her return to her craft.”

Ms. Saberi has worked for US National Public Radio, the BBC and Fox News.’

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