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U.S. Journalist Back In Court In Iran On Spy Charges

A Washington Post journalist accused of espionage is back in court in Tehran for the fourth hearing of his case.

Iran's official IRNA news agency said a Revolutionary Court, which handles sensitive cases, had convened in the case of Jason Rezaian, who has both U.S. and Iranian citizenship.

It is expected to be the last hearing in the case before the court hands down its verdict.

A defense lawyer told the Associated Press it could take couple of weeks before a verdict is announced.

Rezaian has been detained for more than a year and faces charges of espionage and distributing propaganda against the Islamic republic.

He faces a possible prison term of from 10 to 20 years.

Washington Post executive editor Martin Baron called the trial a "sham" in a statement released on August 8.

The U.S. government and human rights groups have also criticized Rezaian's prosecution.

Based on reporting by AP and IRNA