Trial of Iranian-U.S. Journalist in Tehran to Be Closed

The trial in Iran of jailed Washington Post reporter Jason Rezaian will be closed to the public when it starts on Tuesday. His brother Ali Rezaian told Reuters Television that Jason Rezaian, who is Iranian-American and faces unspecified charges, will be in Revolutionary Court with only his attorney, and family members will be excluded. Jason Rezaian, the Post's Tehran bureau chief, has been in Tehran's Evin prison since his arrest in July. Citing his lawyer, the Post said in April that Rezaian faces espionage charges. The jounalist allegedly collected confidential information about domestic and foreign policy and handed it to "hostile governments." Ali Rezaian says the Iranian government's claim that the trial is closed for security reasons is "ridiculous."