Iran releases US journalist after suspending sentence

US journalist Roxana Saberi was released from prison May 11 after an Iranian appeals court reduced her eight-year term for espionage to two years and then suspended the sentence. According to statements from Saberi’s lawyer, the court determined that the espionage charge was not valid since the US is not an enemy government, but could not ignore that the nature of Saberi’s actions had posed a threat to Iranian national security. Saberi had appealed her conviction for espionage in late April, and she had been on a hunger strike in protest of her imprisonment. (Jurist, May 11)

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