Roxana Saberi, U.S.-Iranian Journalist Freed

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."

Enjoy this piece?

… then let us make a small request. AlterNet’s journalists work tirelessly to counter the traditional corporate media narrative. We’re here seven days a week, 365 days a year. And we’re proud to say that we’ve been bringing you the real, unfiltered news for 20 years—longer than any other progressive news site on the Internet.

It’s through the generosity of our supporters that we’re able to share with you all the underreported news you need to know. Independent journalism is increasingly imperiled; ads alone can’t pay our bills. AlterNet counts on readers like you to support our coverage. Did you enjoy content from David Cay Johnston, Common Dreams, Raw Story and Robert Reich? Opinion from Salon and Jim Hightower? Analysis by The Conversation? Then join the hundreds of readers who have supported AlterNet this year.

Every reader contribution, whatever the amount, makes a tremendous difference. Help ensure AlterNet remains independent long into the future. Support progressive journalism with a one-time contribution to AlterNet, or click here to become a subscriber. Thank you. Click here to donate by check.

alternet logo

Tough Times

Demand honest news. Help support AlterNet and our mission to keep you informed during this crisis.