Lawyer Says Saberi, Journo Jailed and Released in Iran, Had Secret Document

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By: E&P Staff

A lawyer for U.S.-born reporter Roxana Saberi, freed this week from a Tehran jail, says the spy charges she had faced arose after she obtained a classified report on the U.S. war on Iraq.

“She had a report about the U.S. attack on Iraq prepared by the strategic research center at the (Iranian) presidency,” Saleh Nikbakht said, in an AFP report today.

“The research center deemed the report as classified. But she had not used it at all.”

Nikbakht did not say how Saberi had managed to gain access to the confidential report.

Saberi’s other lawyer, Abdolsamad Khoramshahi, said she received a suspended two-year jail term from the appeal court as that is the stipulated punishment for such a crime.
“She was accused of accessing secret documents. If these are used, there is a 10-year jail term, if not, then two years,” he said.

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