Washington Post Reporter to Get Final Hearing in Iranian Court

杰森.瑞扎亚2014年7月被伊朗关押
杰森.瑞扎亚2014年7月被伊朗关押

VOA News,August 10, 2015

A Washington Post correspondent held in Iran for more than a year will have a final hearing in his case on Monday, the newspaper's executive editor said, potentially bringing a close to a process that has drawn condemnation from press freedom groups and U.S. officials.

Martin Baron said in a statement Saturday that the lawyer for Jason Rezaian, the Post's correspondent in Tehran since 2012, was told that the closed-door session in Iran's Revolutionary Court would be the last before a verdict.

Rezaian was arrested in July 2014 along with his journalist wife Yeganeh Salehi and held for months without formal charges.  He was later charged with espionage and working with "hostile governments."

Baron called the trial a "sham" and said the charges "could not be more baseless and absurd."

"Iran has behaved unconscionably throughout this travesty of a case," he said.  "It has imprisoned an innocent journalist for more than a year and subjected him to physical mistreatment and psychological abuse."

Baron urged the court to acquit and release Rezaian, saying Iran had a chance to bring the case to a "humane resolution."

U.S. State Department spokesman Mark Toner told reporters at a press briefing Thursday that the United States continues to call for the release of Rezaian and all other detained Americans in Iran.

Secretary of State John Kerry has said Rezaian poses no threat to Iran and that the U.S. is disappointed in the case.

When asked last month whether Rezaian's release might be part of the international nuclear agreement with Iran, Kerry said, "We are working very hard on him."

Two other Americans, Saeed Abedini and Amir Hekmati, have been held in Iran for several years.

In addition to The Washington Post and U.S. officials, the calls for Rezaian's release have come from press freedom groups and individuals across the world.  Nearly 500,000 people have signed an online petition urging Rezaian's unconditional release.

The board of the Committee to Protect Journalists sent a letter to the head of the Iranian judiciary on July 20 calling for an immediate end to the case with Rezaian going home.

"Never before has an international journalist been held for so long in the Islamic Republic of Iran," the letter said.  "Our colleague has been denied any real opportunity to defend himself against the charges."

华盛顿邮报记者将在伊朗法庭获最后听证

美国之音,2015年8月10日

据《华盛顿邮报》执行主编说,该报一位已被扣押在伊朗一年多的记者将于周一获最后听证,此案的审理工作有望就此终结。此案的审理程序已经受到了来自新闻自由团体和美国官员的谴责。

马丁.巴伦在周六的一份声明中说,记者杰森.瑞扎亚的律师被告知,伊朗革命法庭举行的这场闭门听证会将是宣判前的最后一场。杰森.瑞扎亚自2012年起担任《华盛顿邮报》驻德黑兰的记者。

瑞扎亚和他的记者妻子萨利希一起于2014年7月被捕,在未经正式指控的情况下被拘押了数月。之后,他被控从事间谍活动以及同“敌对政府”合作。

巴伦称审判只是个幌子,他表示,对瑞扎亚的指控“完全没有事实基础,纯属荒谬”。

他说:“这个案子歪曲事实,伊朗从始至终缺乏公正。它将一个无辜的记者投入监狱一年多,使他受到了身体和精神的虐待。”

巴伦敦促法庭将瑞扎亚无罪释放,他表示,伊朗有机会让此案得到“人道解决”。

美国国务院发言人马克.托纳在周四的记者会上告诉记者,美国继续呼吁伊朗释放瑞扎亚和其他所有被拘押在伊朗的美国人。

克里国务卿表示,瑞扎亚对伊朗并无威胁,美国对此案表示失望。

克里上个月被问到瑞扎亚的释放是否是伊核协议的一部分时回答说:“我们正非常努力地营救他。”

另外两名美国人,亚贝蒂尼和海克马蒂已被伊朗拘押多年。

除了《华盛顿邮报》和美国官员,全世界的新闻自由团体和个人都呼吁释放瑞扎亚。已有近50万人在网上请愿书上签字,敦促伊朗无条件释放瑞扎亚。

保护记者委员会董事会在7月20日向伊朗司法部送交了一封信,呼吁取消对瑞扎亚的指控,放他回家。

这封信写道:“从没有一位国际记者像在伊朗伊斯兰共和国这样被拘押这么久。我们的同事被剥夺了一切真正的机会来为自己辩护。”