Roxana Saberi reportedly released

11 05 2009

Roxana Saberi has reportedly been released from prison! The Iranian-American journalist, who had been convicted of spying and jailed in Iran with a sentence of 8 years, was released when an appeals court, after pressure from the president of Iran, agreed with her defense that she could not be “cooperating with a hostile state” if there was “no hostiliy” between the U.S. and Iran. Her sentence was reduced and suspended.

Contributing to this victory: a change in tone between the new administration and Iran, upcoming Iranian elections, pressure from the U.S. president and secretary of state, and pressure from journalism groups.

Three cheers for some wonderful news on a Monday morning.

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