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Washington Post calls conviction of reporter in closed-door trial ‘outrageous’

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The Washington Post on Monday angrily denounced the conviction of one of its reporters in a secret Iranian court, calling the proceeding an “outrageous injustice.”

Washington Post executive editor Martin Baron criticized Iran’s conviction of Post reporter Jason Rezaian in a closed-door trial on charges that are unclear, saying the verdict was  unconscionable. 

Rezaian was found guilty of various allegations by an Iranian court, the country’s state TV reported late Sunday.

“Iran has behaved unconscionably throughout this case, but never more so than with this indefensible decision by a Revolutionary Court to convict an innocent journalist of serious crimes after a proceeding that unfolded in secret, with no evidence whatsoever of any wrongdoing. For now, no sentence has been announced,” Baron said in a statement Monday.

It was not immediately clear of what exactly Rezaian had been convicted. He had faced multiple charges, including espionage, at his trial, which was widely criticized by the U.S. government and press freedom organizations.

Rezaian reportedly faces up to 20 years in prison if convicted on all charges.

Baron reiterated the Post’s position that Rezaian is innocent and that he should be exonerated and set free.

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Jason Rezaian has spent 447 days in an Iranian prison – Timeline

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