Trial of Iranian-U.S. journalist in Tehran to be closed

The trial of the Washington Post's Tehran correspondent Jason Rezaian, to open in Iran on Tuesday, a senior judicial official said.

Trial of Iranian-U.S. journalist in Tehran to be closed

World Bulletin / News Desk 

The trial in Iran of jailed Washington Post reporter Jason Rezaian will be closed to the public when it starts on Tuesday, his brother said on Monday.

Rezaian, who is Iranian-American and faces unspecified charges, will be in Revolutionary Court with only his attorney and family members are excluded, his brother Ali Rezaian told Reuters Television.

Jason Rezaian, the Post's Tehran bureau chief, has been in Tehran's Evin prison since his arrest in July. Iran has not elaborated on the charges, but the Post has said he was charged with espionage.

"I think the only reason you could possibly imagine that the trial would be closed would be to prevent people from seeing the lack of evidence," Ali Rezaian said.

"It's unlike the Iranian court system, Iranian government, to keep things private when they can go out and use propaganda up against people."

Ali Rezaian said the family had hoped that Rezaian's wife, journalist Yeganeh Salehi, and his mother would be allowed to attend the trial. He said his brother had lost 40 pounds (18 kg) in prison.

A spokesman for the Iranian special interests section in Washington, which acts as Tehran's embassy, could not be reached for comment.

U.S. President Barack Obama has called the charges against Rezaian "vague" and pressed Iran to release all American detainees.

Güncelleme Tarihi: 26 Mayıs 2015, 09:43