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News number: 8802231163

17:39 | 2009-05-13

Politics

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Lawyer Reveals Details of Roxana Saberi's Case

TEHRAN (FNA)- One of Roxana Saberi's lawyers on Tuesday disclosed details of her case, explaining why the Iranian freelance journalist had been detained from late January on charges of spying for the United States.



Saberi had been put on trail for coping and keeping a "confidential Iranian government document" on the US-Iraq war as well as visiting Israel in 2006 which is banned by Islamic Republic of Iran, Sabei's lawyer Saleh Nikbakht said.

Earlier, her lawyers said that a letter by Iranian President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad to the Judiciary power on Saberi's case had played a major role in her release.

Although the appeals court did not exonerate Saberi from charges and considered her guilty in accordance with Article 505 of the Civil Law, after examining the issue very closely, it decreased her jail sentence from eight years into a two-year suspended term for five years.

In accordance with the verdict, Saberi is not permitted to work as a journalist in Iran for five years.

Saberi who was working as a freelance journalist for the BBC and National Public Radio is permitted to leave Iran and reports said that she might leave the country next week.