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Monday, April 20, 2009

Roxana Saberi Sentenced to 8 Years in Prison; Obama "Deeply Disappointed"

Journalist and American citizen Roxana Saberi was convicted of spying by a one day, closed-door court in Tehran. She was sentenced to eight years in prison, although she could have been given the death penalty. AP story here. She joins a small legion of Iranian reporters convicted in closed-door trials by the fundamentalist Iranian judiciary.
A White House official saying that Obama was "deeply disappointed." Well, I guess that's a step up from when Obama called Iran "unhelpful."
UPDATE: Per Anne Leary at Backyard Conservative "Northwestern's Medill School faculty, students, alum have set up a site to press for Iran to Free Roxana Saberi."

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