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Iran Sets Trial Date for Washington Post Reporter Jason Rezaian

Iran Sets Trial Date for Washington Post Reporter Jason Rezaian

TEHRAN — Jason Rezaian, the Washington Post correspondent who has been detained in Iran for almost 10 months and accused of spying for the United States, will go on trial on May 26, the judicial authorities told the state news media on Tuesday.

Mr. Rezaian; his wife, Yeganeh Salehi, who is also a journalist; and a third defendant will appear before the Revolutionary Court in what is expected to be a closed proceeding.

Mr. Rezaian is accused of “espionage for the hostile government of the United States of America and propaganda activities against the system,” Mahmoud Razavian, a spokesman for the office of the judiciary, said in an interview with the state-run news agency IRNA.

The remarks are consistent with recent reports in the Iranian news media calling Mr. Rezaian a spy with links to Iranian expatriates in the United States and Europe.

In a statement, the executive editor of The Washington Post, Martin Baron, described the prosecution of Mr. Rezaian as “contemptible.”

Source: Iran Sets Trial Date for Washington Post Reporter Jason Rezaian – NYTimes.com

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