Arab Today, arab today brother urges iran to free reporter held on laughable charges
Last Updated : GMT 12:51:41
Arab Today, arab today
Arab Today, arab today

Rezaian was barred from attending the opening of his trial

Brother urges Iran to free reporter held on laughable charges

Arab Today, arab today

Arab Today, arab today Brother urges Iran to free reporter held on laughable charges

Ali Rezaian (R), brother of Washington Post Tehran bureau chief Jason Rezaian
Washington - Arab Today

The brother of a Washington Post reporter held for 10 months in an Iranian jail Tuesday called on Iran to release him, saying charges of spying laid against him were "laughable."

The family of Jason Rezaian was barred from attending the opening of his trial Tuesday in a Tehran revolutionary court, his brother Ali Rezaian told AFP in Washington.

"He and his lawyer were able to go into court, and my understanding is that the indictment against him was read to him, and the judge now is going to set a next day for the trial," Rezaian said.

Their mother, Mary, has been in Iran for the past two weeks and had been hoping up until the last minute to be able to attend the hearing.

"When they announced yesterday that the trial was being held in secret and closed that meant that my mother and his wife were not allowed to go to the trial," Rezaian said.

Iran's official news agency IRNA said, however, that Rezaian's wife, Yeganeh Salehi, had appeared in court.

Salehi, who is also a journalist, was arrested at the same time as her husband, but was released on bail after two-and-a-half months in custody.

Rezaian's mother has been allowed to visit Jason once in Tehran's notorious Evin jail in the past two weeks and to speak with him for four minutes in a separate phone call.

- Solitary confinement -

"The isolation is really taking a toll," Ali Rezaian told AFP in an interview, describing his brother, who is a dual US-Iranian national, as normally a very sociable person.

"Really he only interacts with the guards and the interrogators, who still come to talk to him on and off. It's very isolating."

Jason Rezaian was held in solitary confinement from July until December, when another person was moved into the cell with him.

Amid the ongoing nuclear negotiations between Iran and the so-called P5+1 group, the US has raised Rezaian's case -- and the detention of other Americans in Iran -- many times with Iranian officials on the sidelines of the talks.

Ali Rezaian said that while some may believe his brother's fate had become intertwined with the complicated talks, the family wanted his case "to stand on its own."

The Iranian authorities needed "to look at the evidence, to realize that Jason had no malicious activities, he didn't have access to any kind of secret information."

The family remains concerned about his health, saying he has some issues which are exacerbated by Tehran's pollution and the excessive summer heat.

Rezaian is charged with espionage, propaganda, collaborating with hostile forces and a charge of working under "the devious disguise of a journalist."

The United States on Tuesday blasted the "complete lack of transparency" in Rezaian's trial, calling on Iran to drop the "absurd charges" against him.

"For over five months they interrogated him on almost a daily basis," Ali Rezaian said.

"It took them that long to come up with these charges that are based on really nothing. When we've heard about what kind of evidence they have, it's laughable."

"What kind of evidence do they have against him? I think the answer is not that much," he said.

"My mom did say, he's committed to proving his innocence and letting the entire world know that there's no basis for these charges and that he should be acquitted. That's a tough process."

- No diplomatic ties -

In the absence of any diplomatic ties between the United States and Iran, Switzerland acts as its "protecting power," overseeing US interests in the country.

Jason Rezaian is allowed occasional visits from his wife, who can bring him approved reading material. But he has not been allowed to write any letters and has been barred from having visits from Swiss officials.

A petition started on change.org has been signed by 436,660 people, and Ali Rezaian urged the leaders of the Islamic Republic to think about the consequences.

"I would say, please, at the highest level look and see what this case is doing to the reputation of Iran around the world. As a person who is half Iranian, I don't want to see the country looked at like that."
Source: AFP

Name *

E-mail *

Comment Title*

Comment *

: Characters Left

Mandatory *

Terms of use

Publishing Terms: Not to offend the author, or to persons or sanctities or attacking religions or divine self. And stay away from sectarian and racial incitement and insults.

I agree with the Terms of Use

Security Code*

Arab Today, arab today brother urges iran to free reporter held on laughable charges Arab Today, arab today brother urges iran to free reporter held on laughable charges

 



Arab Today, arab today
Arab Today, arab today Fadi Kataya explains secrets of  Nancy Ajram's newlook
Arab Today, arab today Messi visit will contribute in tourism

GMT 14:04 2017 Friday ,24 February

Messi visit will contribute in tourism
Arab Today, arab today Expresses Algerian history by woody figures

GMT 13:26 2017 Friday ,24 February

Expresses Algerian history by woody figures
Arab Today, arab today Iran complying with nuclear deal

GMT 07:14 2017 Saturday ,25 February

Iran complying with nuclear deal
Arab Today, arab today Zainab al-Maliki reveals herTV presenter models

GMT 18:12 2017 Friday ,24 February

Zainab al-Maliki reveals herTV presenter models
View News in Arabic - Media: وسائل الإعلام أخبار
Arab Today, arab today
Arab Today, arab today
Arab Today, arab today Reading therapy relieves mental disorders

GMT 15:39 2017 Friday ,24 February

Reading therapy relieves mental disorders
Arab Today, arab today UK appoints 1st Scotland Yard chief in 188 years

GMT 05:14 2017 Thursday ,23 February

UK appoints 1st Scotland Yard chief in 188 years
Arab Today, arab today Penguins in the age of dinos

GMT 11:44 2017 Saturday ,25 February

Penguins in the age of dinos
Arab Today, arab today Pluto's unruly moons

GMT 06:31 2015 Thursday ,04 June

Pluto's unruly moons
Arab Today, arab today 'Constructive' Vauxhall talk with union

GMT 08:54 2017 Saturday ,25 February

'Constructive' Vauxhall talk with union
Arab Today, arab today Tesla back into red but revenue grows

GMT 07:27 2017 Thursday ,23 February

Tesla back into red but revenue grows
Arab Today, arab today Actress Lobna Abdel Aziz proud of her career

GMT 06:08 2017 Thursday ,23 February

Actress Lobna Abdel Aziz proud of her career
Arab Today, arab today Ex-yoga missionary unleashes rage

GMT 12:16 2017 Thursday ,23 February

Ex-yoga missionary unleashes rage

GMT 07:36 2017 Wednesday ,22 February

Wafaa Amer is happy for Sherihan’s return

GMT 12:35 2017 Tuesday ,21 February

63-Year-Old Woman Delivers Baby

GMT 22:42 2017 Thursday ,23 February

Nasima Gamei revives heritage in jewelries

GMT 10:28 2017 Wednesday ,22 February

Milan laughs while Rome cries

GMT 20:33 2017 Friday ,17 February

To release new antiques collection

GMT 10:20 2017 Thursday ,23 February

Brazil's top diplomat resigns

GMT 09:59 2017 Monday ,20 February

Tourism shows signs of recovery

GMT 13:12 2015 Saturday ,09 May

Sheikh Sultan opens Sharjah Centre

GMT 20:02 2017 Tuesday ,21 February

Nohan Seyam designs beautiful accessories
Arab Today, arab today
Arab Today, arab today
 
 Arab Today Facebook,arab today facebook  Arab Today Twitter,arab today twitter Arab Today Rss,arab today rss  Arab Today Youtube,arab today youtube  Arab Today Youtube,arab today youtube
arabstoday arabstoday arabstoday arabstoday
arabstoday arabstoday arabstoday
arabstoday
بناية النخيل - رأس النبع _ خلف السفارة الفرنسية _بيروت - لبنان
arabstoday, Arabstoday, Arabstoday