Jailed Iranian-American Journalist Released After Appeal

May 11, 2009

Iran (ChattahBox) – The American journalist who had been jailed in Tehran for allegedly being a spy, has had her sentence reduced from 8 years, to 2 years suspended.

Roxana Saberi was working as a freelance journalist when she was arrested in the street, after buying a bottle of wine. What started out as a minor charge was quickly turned into something more, when the courts accused the Iranian-American duel citizen of spying on the government.

Her case came close to creating an international incident, until it was announce that her new two year sentence would be considered suspended, and so she would be able to leave the prison this afternoon, and leave the country as soon as she wishes.

β€œThe verdict was given to me in person today, the appeals court has accepted our defense,” Saleh Nikbakht, one of the two defense lawyers on Saberi’s case told the New York Times this morning.

Roxana Saberi plans to return home to the United States with her family, who live in North Dakota.


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