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Lawyer Reveals Charges Against Jailed U.S. Journalist In Iran


A lawyer for The Washington Post’s Tehran bureau chief, Jason Rezaian, says the journalist is facing trial on charges of espionage and three other charges -- including “collaboration with hostile governments.”

Lawyer Leyla Ahsan's announcement revealed, for the first time, the specific charges filed against Rezaian in early December.

Rezaian also was charged with gathering classified information and disseminating propaganda against the Islamic Republic of Iran.

Ahsan told AFP on April 20 that the charges against Rezaian contain "no justifiable proof."

Ahsan met for 90 minutes with Rezaian on April 20, marking the first time the journalist was allowed to consult a lawyer since he was detained on July 22 with his wife, Yeganeh Salehi.

Salehi was freed on bail in October.

Rezaian, a US-Iranian dual national, is being held in Iran’s notorious Evin prison.

A trial date has not been announced.

White House spokesman Josh Earnest said if reports of Rezaian being accused of spying were true it would be "absurd" and that the charges should be "immediately dropped."

Based on reporting by AFP and The Washington Post.
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