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Saberi Ends Hunger Strike in Iran

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6 May 09 | BBC

The jailed US-Iranian reporter Roxana Saberi has ended a two-week hunger strike, her father Reza Saberi says.

Roxana Saberi, 32, began eating again on Monday evening. She started the fast on 21 April to protest against an eight-year jail sentence for spying.

Her lawyer told the BBC that an appeals court would hear her case on 12 May. He said the verdict would be announced the same day or within a week.

Iranian judiciary officials denied Ms Saberi was ever on a hunger strike.

Reza Saberi, who on Tuesday said his daughter was “very weak”, welcomed the news.

“She has stopped her hunger strike,” he told Reuters news agency. “We are very relieved and happy that she stopped. We were very worried about her health,” he said.

The case of Roxana Saberi has sparked international attention and protests calling for her to be released. US President Barack Obama has also appealed on her behalf. >>>

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6 May 2009 at 1:11 pm

Posted in International, Iran, US

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