Report: Iran justice studies box of incarcerated Washington Post business chief

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Iranian law authorities have referred a box of a incarcerated Washington Post publisher to Tehran’s Revolutionary Court, a news group reported Wednesday, in a pierce that appears to set a theatre for a examination before a probable trial.

A matter by Tehran prosecutor Abbas Jafari Dolatabadi, cited by a semiofficial Iranian Students’ News Agency (ISNA), pronounced a justice record on Jason Rezaian has changed to a Revolutionary Court for “processing.”

The word suggests that a charges opposite him, that have not been done public, could be complicated by a justice before it decides either to set a hearing date or keep a box in a holding pattern. The Revolutionary Court handles Iran’s many supportive cases.

Dolatabadi’s brief matter said, “After a distribution of indictment, a box opposite Jason Rezaian has been referred for estimate to Tehran’s Revolutionary Court.”

Rezaian, The Post’s business arch in Tehran, has been hold in an Iranian jail for some-more than 5 months though entrance to a lawyer.


Jason Rezaian has been incarcerated by Iran for some-more than 175 days. (Zoeann Murphy/The Washington Post)

He was strictly charged Dec. 6, though he does not know a accurate allegations opposite him, other than that they associate to supposed “activities outward a finish of journalism,” his mom and hermit pronounced in a new interview.

Martin Baron, executive editor of The Post, pronounced in a statement: “We still do not know what charges a Iranian authorities have brought opposite a match Jason Rezaian, though we wish a mention of his box to a Revolutionary Court represents a step brazen toward Jason’s prompt release.

“This step gives Iran’s law an event to denote a integrity and autonomy by last that a charges­ are baseless. We call on Iran to make these charges public, to concede Jason entrance to a counsel and to pierce a quick and only fortitude of a six-month-long calamity that has been intensely formidable for Jason and his family.”

Secretary of State John F. Kerry and other U.S. negotiators have regularly lifted Rezaian’s box during talks on Iran’s chief program. Rezaian, 38, has twin U.S.-Iranian citizenship.

Earlier Wednesday in Geneva, Iranian Foreign Minister Mohammad Javad Zarif pronounced in remarks before a array of meetings with Kerry that his supervision is peaceful to yield “humanitarian assistance” to Rezaian as courts work to solve a case.

“The supervision is doing a best to be of assistance,” Zarif said. But he pronounced a box remained underneath a office of Iran’s absolute judiciary, that is directly overseen by a statute clerics.

“This is a legal matter, so we will have to wait for a law to pierce forward. But we will try to yield all a charitable assistance that we could,” he said.

“We wish that this emanate will be resolved,” Zarif said.

He also pronounced he was gratified that Rezaian’s mom was means to revisit him in prison twice during a finish of December.

Mary Breme Rezaian voiced alarm over her son’s weight detriment and regard for his health, that has run-down during his extensive confinement.

She also met with her son’s “interrogator,” ISNA said, citing a prosecutor’s statement.

Kerry lifted a emanate of Rezaian’s apprehension in his meetings with Zarif, according to comparison State Department officials, who spoke on a condition of anonymity to plead a supportive negotiations.

One of them pronounced a United States was wakeful of a reports that Rezaian’s box has been referred to a court. “We continue to guard a conditions closely and are seeking serve information,” a central said.

The State Department officials also pronounced Kerry voiced regard for 3 other Americans in jail or differently unaccounted for in Iran. Among a 3 is Amir Hekmati, a Marine maestro who has been hold by a nation given Aug 2011.

Hekmati, who has twin U.S.-Iranian citizenship, was prisoner while visiting his grandmother in Iran, his family says. Tehran has indicted him of being a CIA spy, a assign that Hekmati and a U.S. supervision deny.

Morello reported from Geneva.

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