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Washington Post reporter convicted in Iran

Published 12/10/2015 | 09:36

Jason Rezaian, an Iranian-American correspondent for the Washington Post, was accused of charges including espionage (AP)
Jason Rezaian, an Iranian-American correspondent for the Washington Post, was accused of charges including espionage (AP)

Washington Post reporter Jason Rezaian, who has been detained for more than a year on charges including espionage, has been convicted in Iran.

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Spokesman for the Iranian judiciary Gholam Hossein Mohseni Ejehi told state TV: "He has been convicted, but I don't have the verdict's details."

Mr Ejehi said Rezaian and his lawyer are eligible to appeal the conviction within 20 days.

Leila Ahsan, Rezaian's lawyer said "there are no new developments" and said she has not yet received the verdict.

Rezaian was detained with his wife, who is a journalist for The National newspaper in the United Arab Emirates, and two photojournalists on July 22 2014. All were later released except Rezaian.

Rezaian, the Washington Post's Tehran bureau chief since 2012, has dual Iranian-American nationality. Iran does not recognise dual nationality for its citizens.

Rezaian faced multiple charges including espionage in a closed-door trial that has been widely criticised by the US government and press freedom organisations.

He reportedly faces up to 20 years in prison if convicted.

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