Iran Charges Washington Post Reporter Held 137 Days – Family, Kerry Issue Statements

American reporter Jason Rrezaian and wife Yeganeh Salehi detained in Iran since July 2014.

American reporter Jason Rezaian and wife Yeganeh Salehi detained in Iran July 22, 2014.

Jason Rezaian, correspondent stationed in Tehran since 2008 arrested July 22 on unspecified charges, still in custody – gets solitary confinement and no bail.

Family: “Iran breaking its own laws.”

John Kerry: “personally distressed, dismayed and disturbed.”

 

 

 

 

By Tova Dvorin, israelnationalnews.com, December 8, 2014

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Iran’s Supreme Leader Ayatollah Ali Khameini and President Hassan Rouhani.

 

The family of a Washington Post correspondent who was quietly arrested in Iran in July has called on Iranian Supreme Leader Ayatollah Ali Khameini to release him Sunday, saying that the arrest “violates its own laws.”

Post correspondent Jason Rezaian, who holds dual American and Iranian citizenship and has been stationed in Tehran writing for various foreign press outlets since 2008, has been officially charged with unspecified crimes against the State.

Rezaian and his wife, fellow journalist Yeganeh Salehi, who writes for the United Arab Emirates (UAE) paper The National, were arrested in a surprise raid on July 22, 2014.

Iran confirmed the arrests some three days later, after Tehran General prosecutor Gholamhossein Esmaili said, “the security forces have the whole country under surveillance and control the activities of enemies. They will not permit our country to become a land where our enemies and their agents carry out their activities.”

He refused to specify why the couple had been arrested.

Salehi was released on October 6, but Rezaian remained – and his family has taken Tehran to task over the arrest.

His family released a statement on Sunday saying that they are “deeply saddened to confirm that, after being held in solitary confinement without charge for 137 days, Jason Rezaian was charged with unknown crimes by the government of Iran.”

“In its ongoing disregard of Iran’s own laws, the Iranian judiciary has continued to deny Jason access to legal representation, denied his request for bail, and prevented access to review of his case file,” the statement added.

The US State Department has taken up the cause as well, with US Secretary of State John Kerry tweeting a demand for Rezaian’s release on Sunday.

John Kerry himself stated recently that he is personally “distressed” by Jason’s case.

“We are also distressed by reports that Jason was not allowed access to an attorney, which is a clear violation of Iran’s own laws and international norms,” Kerry said in a statement. “I am personally dismayed and disturbed at these reports as I have repeatedly raised Jason’s case, and the other cases of detained or missing U.S. citizens, directly with Iranian officials.”

“We share the concerns of Mr. Rezaian’s family regarding reports that he is under physical and psychological distress, and is not receiving proper medical care,” he added. “The Iranian government continues to deny our repeated requests for Consular Access to Jason by our Protecting Power, the Swiss, so we are unable to check on his condition or ensure adequate legal representation.”

Read more: http://www.israelnationalnews.com/News/News.aspx/188363#.VIXlnJt0xaS

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Press Statement

John Kerry
Secretary of State

Washington, DC
December 7, 2014

The United States is deeply disappointed and concerned by reports that the Iranian judiciary has charged Washington Post journalist Jason Rezaian with unspecified charges, and that the judge denied his request to be released on bail. We are also distressed by reports that Jason was not allowed access to an attorney, which is a clear violation of Iran’s own laws and international norms. I am personally dismayed and disturbed at these reports as I have repeatedly raised Jason’s case, and the other cases of detained or missing U.S. citizens, directly with Iranian officials.

We share the concerns of Mr. Rezaian’s family regarding reports that he is under physical and psychological distress, and is not receiving proper medical care. The Iranian government continues to deny our repeated requests for Consular Access to Jason by our Protecting Power, the Swiss, so we are unable to check on his condition or ensure adequate legal representation.

Jason poses no threat to the Iranian government or to Iran’s national security. We call on the Iranian government to drop any and all charges against Jason and release him immediately so that he can be reunited with his family.

Likewise, we again call for the release of U.S. citizens Amir Hekmati and Saeed Abedini, and ask for the Iranian government’s cooperation in locating Robert Levinson, so that all may be returned to their families.

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Amir Hekmati, Saeed Abedini and Robert ‘Bob’ Levinson (l to r).

 

WASHINGTON, DC - NOVEMBER 6: FILE,The Washington Post's Jason

Jason Rezaian

 

 

IT’S TIME … PAST TIME … TO FREE AMERICANS DETAINED IN IRAN!

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NO MORE SANCTIONS RELIEF UNTIL IRAN FREES ALL AMERICANS!

 

Daniel @ FreeAllThree . com

 

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