Iran Bows to Pressure to Review U.S. Reporter’s Jail Sentence
Iran said on Saturday it would review the eight-year prison sentence handed down to Iranian-American journalist Roxana Saberi after she was convicted of spying for the United States.
Visiting Japanese Foreign Minister Hirofumi Nakasone said his government was following the case of Saberi, whose mother is Japanese, with “concern.”
Saberi, who according to her father is on hunger strike, was jailed on April 18 for eight years after she was found guilty of espionage. Her lawyer has appealed the verdict. >>>
Japan calls on Iran to show more transparency in the case of an Iranian-American journalist convicted of espionage, whose appeal over a jail sentence is being reviewed.
The issue of Roxana Saberi was raised in a Saturday meeting between visiting Japanese Foreign Minister Hirofumi Nakasone and Iranian President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad, informed sources were quoted by DPA.
Due to the Japanese nationality of Saberi’s mother, Nakasone said Japan expected more transparency in her case while insisting that his country respected the judiciary’s independence.
Roxana Saberi, 32, is a freelance journalist who was sentenced to eight years in prison on charges of spying for the government of the United States.
Earlier on Saturday, Iran’s foreign minister assured Nakasone that the Saberi case will get a fair review in the appeal court.
Foreign Minister Manouchehr Mottaki said the appeal would be ”reviewed justly and humanely.”