Jason Rezaian, the Washington Post bureau chief was arrested in Tehran on July 22, 2014. He has been wrongly convicted in a secret trial on baseless charges including espionage and spreading "propaganda against the establishment."
The American journalist is facing immediate danger as his health deteriorates in Iran’s notorious Evin Prison, known for housing political prisoners. He has spent most of his detention in solitary confinement in extremely harsh conditions.
"There is no evidence within the file which supports the charges," said Leila Ahsan, Rezaian's attorney, in a statement issued from Tehran. Mr. Rezaian has now been held longer than any previous Western journalist in Iran.
"The Iranian Judiciary continues to resist a public trial, because it is afraid to reveal to the world the complete fabrication of these charges," said Jason's brother, Ali Rezaian.
On May 3, 2015, Rezaian's cousin, Siamak, from Los Angeles flew to the Fahmy Foundation's Free Press Rally for World Press Freedom Day to highlight the disastrous conditions Jason is facing. "His health has deteriorated quite a bit," says Siamak. "I urge you all to continue what you are doing, keep Jason in the news so his story won't be forgotten."
Outside the courtroom Mary Rezaian, mother of Jason Rezaian, had this to say: "This case is not about something Jason did. It's about political issues between Iran and the United States, and Jason, as a dual citizen, is paying the price of the animosity, suspicion, and paranoia that unfortunately exist. Any verdict besides acquittal is a political verdict.
"Iran's Judiciary claims to be fair and independent. Yet why is everything about Jason's detention and trial hidden? For more than a year Jason's legal rights as an Iranian have been abused: he has been held in isolation without charge; detained for months without a trial and for more than a year without a verdict; subjected to unpredictable and unexplained delays in court proceedings; and had his trial conducted in virtual secrecy.
"I challenge those who arrested and detained my son to produce the purported evidence they are using to accuse him of espionage. Make the evidence public, broadcast the trial tapes, and let the world see Jason's innocence.”
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Interview with Jason in Iran
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