Rezaian trial resumes in Tehran

Trial of US-Iranian journalist Jason Rezaian, who is accused of espionage and disclosing information to enemy nations, resumes on Monday

Photo by: Social Media
Photo by: Social Media

Updated Jul 28, 2015

Washington Post correspondent Jason Rezaian is being prosecuted on charges of “spying and conspiring behind closed doors” in Tehran. The trial will resume on Monday, a news agency linked to Iran’s judiciary has reported.

Rezaian is American Iranian and was arrested last July along with his wife Yeganeh Salehi and an unnamed female photojournalist. Salehi is also a journalist but was released on bail along with the unnamed woman. No date has been set for their trial.

At a first hearing on May 25, prosecutors presented the charges against him, including "collecting confidential information," "cooperating with hostile governments" and "propaganda against the regime."

Rezaian, 39, has been the chief of the Washington Post bureau in Tehran since 2012. His family has dismissed the charges against him as "laughable" and the United States government has called for his release.

However, Tehran does not recognise dual citizenship, and says the case is purely an internal.

Reziaian's detention has overshadowed a thaw in relations between Tehran and Washington as the two governments seek a landmark nuclear deal by June 30.

TRTWorld and agencies