Jailed Washington Post Iran Reporter Faces Charges of Espionage

An Iranian court will hold a second hearing next week for Washington Post reporter Jason Rezaian, an American-Iranian on trial on espionage charges, Iran's Students News Agency ISNA reported on Wednesday.
The trial of Rezaian, the newspaper's Iran bureau chief, began behind closed doors on May 26 at a Revolutionary Court in Tehran.
The official IRNA news agency said California native Rezaian was arrested last July in Tehran at his home. His wife and a woman described as a photojournalist also went on trial.
His lawyer Leila Ahsan told Tasnim news agency after the first hearing, "He has been charged with espionage for collecting confidential information ... and handing it to hostile governments, writing a letter to Obama and acting against national security."
The Post has said Rezaian faces up to 10 to 20 years in prison and has denounced his case as "absurd".



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