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Washington Post's Tehran Reporter Back In Court

The espionage trial of Washington Post correspondent Jason Rezaian has resumed behind closed doors in Tehran.

Iranian news agencies reported that a hearing took place on June 8 before Branch 15 of the Tehran Revolutionary Court, which usually hears political cases or those related to national security.

At a first hearing on May 26, prosecutors presented the charges against Rezaian, which include "collecting confidential information," "cooperating with hostile governments," and "propaganda against the regime."

The Washington Post's Tehran bureau chief, Rezaian, a 39-year-old dual U.S.-Iranian citizen, could face up to 20 years in prison if convicted.

The United States has dismissed the charges as “absurd.”

Rezaian has been in Tehran's notorious Evin prison since his arrest in July 2014.

His wife, Yeganeh Salehi, who is also a journalist, was freed on bail but faces similar charges.

Based on reporting by AFP and AP