Roxana Saberi, U.S.-Iranian Journalist Freed

Human Rights

Roxana Saberi, an American journalist jailed for spying in Iran, is expected to be released within hours after her sentence was overturned.

An Iranian appeals court has reduced the eight-year jail sentence to a suspended two-year term, her lawyers said. Ms. Saberi was given the lengthy sentence during a secret hearing last month that led to a diplomatic incident between Washington and Tehran.

Ms. Saberi, 31, a dual American-Iranian national who had lived in Tehran for the past six years, was found guilty of espionage and imprisoned in the notorious Evin prison in the Iranian capital.

Her father, Reza Saberi, who flew from America to Iran to campaign for her release, said: “We are very happy ... we are going to Evin prison to take her home."

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