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Will Jason Rezaian Be Found Guilty?

Washington Post reporter Jason Rezaian has been jailed in Iran for almost a year, and was tried in a close-door trial. Will the reporter be found guilty of espionage?

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last 24 hours | newyorker
Telling the Story - The New Yorker

"...Rezaian's trial began last Tuesday, just a few weeks after his family finally learned what crimes he may have been charged with: espionage, collaborating with hostile governments, and propaganda against the establishment. Even then, the news came through a lawyer whom Rezaian had not chosen and who has met with him only briefly. The proceedings, held in Revolutionary Court Branch 15, are off limits to the public. The charges, which carry a possible sentence of up to twenty years, have no apparent basis in fact which may be why the government is choosing to pillory in secret a man whose profession was openness. The judge, Abolghassem Salavati, is known for condemning dissidents to death and for having presided over a mass trial in which scores of activists and journalists were compelled to give televised confessions. In Rezaian's case, after a few hours of questioning behind closed doors, Salavati adjourned the trial indefinitely. Martin Baron, the executive editor of the Post, said in a statement, There is no justice in this system, not an ounce of it, and yet the fate of a good, innocent man hangs in the balance. ..." see full article

1356 days ago | startribune
Iran's latest lie puts Washington Post reporter Jason Rezaian on trial - Minneapolis Star Tribune
"...Rezaian, according to the Post, was arrested without charges, placed in isolation in Iran's notorious Evin Prison and denied necessary medical care. Assigned an unforgiving judge and an attorney he was only allowed to meet with for 90 minutes, his trial was closed to not only the press but also to his wife, his mother and a senior editor from the Washington Post. So far the only thing that is more thin than the evidence that there will be due process in the trial is the evidence that he is actually a spy, Jason Stern, research associate for North Africa and the Middle East at the Committee to Protect Journalists told an editorial writer.The Kafkaesque jurisprudence plays out against the nuclear negotiations between Iran and the five permanent members of the U.N. Security Council and Germany. Hard-liners in Tehran may be using the case as leverage against the more moderate (for Iran, anyway) envoys engaging with world powers. This internal struggle compounds the danger of the case, because even if moderates can be convinced that convicting Rezaian will make Iran even more of an international pariah, there's no guarantee they can free him. Yet the U.S. and U.N. must pressure Tehran on this and all other human rights cases...." see full article

1359 days ago | nytimes
Jason Rezaian Trial in Iran May Be More About Leverage Than Justice - New York Times

"...The timing of these events may just be coincidence. But with the espionage trial now underway in a closed Tehran court against Jason Rezaian The Washington Post's Iran correspondent, who has been imprisoned since July speculation has intensified that the facts of the case, or lack of them, will have little bearing on the outcome.Iran has many laws that are written so vaguely they can be applied to almost any situation, and it remains possible that Mr. Rezaian did, intentionally or not, violate some aspect of Iran's legal code simply by gathering information doing his job as a journalist...." see full article

1360 days ago | theguardian
Washington Post journalist Jason Rezaian goes on trial in Iran for spying - The Guardian

"...In the past few months, a number of hardline Iranian media outlets have tried to build a cause against him. Unattributed accusations printed in the Iranian press allege that Rezaian worked undercover as a spy while reporting in the country for the Post. A Fars news agency report alleged that Rezaian provided economic and industrial data to the US government.Ahsan said at the time in response to the accusations: Jason is a journalist, and it is in the nature of his profession to gain access to information and publish them. My client, however, has never had any direct or indirect access to classified information to share with anyone. ..." see full article

1361 days ago | nytimes
Jason Rezaian of Washington Post Goes on Trial in Iran - New York Times

"...Judge Salavati has a reputation for tough sentences that led the European Union to place him on a blacklist in 2011 for human rights abuses. He has ignored foreign requests for court access.PhotoJudge Salavati has a reputation for tough sentences that led the European Union to place him on a blacklist in 2011 for human rights abuses. He has ignored foreign requests for court access...." see full article

1361 days ago | bbc
Iran trial for Washington Post reporter Jason Rezaian starts - BBC News
"...The presiding judge, Abolghassem Salavati, is known for handing down harsh sentences and is accused by human rights groups of cracking down on journalists and activists.He has been dubbed the "judge of death" for imposing several death sentences after the 2009 post-election opposition protests.He first came to public attention in 2006 when he sentenced two defendants to death for the murder of Hassan Moghadas, the Revolutionary Court judge who sentenced a prominent journalist - Akbar Ganji - to 15 years in jail.Since then, Mr Salavati has presided over or sat in the trials of several prominent political figures, including a daughter of former President Akbar Hashemi Rafsanjani...." see full article

1361 days ago | npr
Trial In Iran Nears For 'Washington Post' Reporter Jason Rezaian - NPR

"...Revolutionary Court Judge Abolghassem Salavati. He's known to Iranian activists as the judge of death for the way he hands out sentences. Analysts say he's used to handle politically sensitive cases. I've spoken with some Iranians who have fled the country after being in the revolutionary court, including one who stood before Judge Salavati. He says that trial seemed very scripted with the judge just reading what was put in front of him, and this is the man who will decide, among other things, whether this case of Jason Rezaian will be open to the public or not...." see full article

1362 days ago | irannewsupdate
A Tale of Two Americans: Jason Rezaian and Cyrus McGoldrick - Iran News Update
"...By contrast, Jason Rezaian's reporting from Iran was famously apolitical, tending to feature cultural and human interest stories and staying away from subjects deemed sensitive or undesirable by the Iranian regime. What's more, Rezaian himself is reportedly apolitical to the extent that friends and family find the regime's accusations of spying to be laughable.In context with each other, the McGoldrick and Rezaian stories certainly highlight the vast differences between the Iranian and American legal and counterintelligence apparatuses. They also highlight the differences between the types of American citizens that are scrutinized and the types that are embraced by the Iranian regime. While simply being American may not be enough to bring one under scrutiny, the cases against Rezaian and his fellow political prisoners suggests that if an American citizen is not explicitly hostile to his own government, he is naturally suspected of collaborating and spying on its behalf...." see full article

1364 days ago | washingtonpost
Jason Rezaian faces trial in Iran - Washington Post

"...As we have observed before, the treatment of Mr. Rezaian raises disturbing questions about a regime that Mr. Obama is counting on to implement a complex and multifaceted accord limiting its nuclear activities. If a U.S. citizen recognized by senior Iranian officials as a reputable journalist can be abruptly imprisoned on spurious charges, what treatment will be accorded the international inspectors who have to determine whether Iran is respecting its commitments? If Mr. Zarif and President Hassan Rouhani either countenance or cannot stop such blatantly provocative behavior by the Iranian intelligence services and judiciary, how can they be expected to overcome the entrenched resistance to limiting Iran's uranium enrichment?Placing Mr. Rezaian on trial just 35 days before the deadline for completing the accord looks like yet another attempt at intimidation one that relies on the blatant abuse of the human rights of an American journalist. If Mr. Khamenei were serious about defusing Iran's confrontation with the West, he would instead release Mr. Rezaian and offer him the apology he deserves...." see full article

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