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Washington Post journalist faces spy trial in Iran

The detained Washington Post journalist Jason Rezaian, seen here in 2013, was jailed in Tehran on July 22 last yearA Washington Post reporter detained in Iran will be tried for espionage and collaborating with “hostile governments”, in a decision branded absurd Monday by the White House and the newspaper. Jason Rezaian has been in jail for nine months in Tehran in what has become a politically sensitive case that has parallelled with high-level nuclear talks between Iran and global powers, including the United States. The allegations against him had been shrouded in secrecy, but in a telephone call to AFP on Monday, Rezaian’s lawyer Leila Ahsan detailed the four serious offences her client faces.

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