Jason Rezaian, The Washington Post’s Tehran correspondent, who has been imprisoned by the Iranian authorities on undisclosed charges for more than seven months, has been allowed to hire a lawyer after extensive delays, his family has reported.
Mr. Rezaian’s brother, Ali, and mother, Mary, said in an emailed announcement Sunday that he would be represented by Leila Ahsan, the same lawyer who represents Mr. Rezaian’s wife, the Iranian journalist Yeganeh Salehi. Both were arrested in their Tehran home on July 22, but Ms. Salehi was released on bail after about two months.
The obstruction of Mr. Rezaian’s right to a lawyer has been one of many questions shrouding his prosecution. The judiciary has yet to explain the nature of the charges against Mr. Rezaian or his wife, and she has been warned not to speak about the case.
Mr. Rezaian’s family and The Washington Post have repeatedly called on Iran to release Mr. Rezaian and have described the prosecution and lack of due process afforded to him as a farce. American officials have also pressed Iran to release Mr. Rezaian.