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Iran Says Verdict Has Been Issued In Case Of Journalist Jason Rezaian

Ali Rezaian, brother of imprisoned Washington Post journalist Jason Rezaian, speaks by a picture of Jason and his mother on June 2, 2015. A verdict has been reached in Jason Rezaian's case, an Iranian official says, but it's not clear what the verdict is.
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Ali Rezaian, brother of imprisoned Washington Post journalist Jason Rezaian, speaks by a picture of Jason and his mother on June 2, 2015. A verdict has been reached in Jason Rezaian's case, an Iranian official says, but it's not clear what the verdict is.

A verdict has been reached in the case of imprisoned American journalist Jason Rezaian, according to an Iranian Judiciary spokesman. The spokesman did not say what the verdict is.

It's the latest development in a case that's been marked by secrecy and uncertainty. Rezaian, The Washington Post's Tehran Bureau Chief, was arrested in Tehran in 2014 and accused of espionage, a charge the Post denies.

His closed-door trial ended two months ago, the Post notes, "and the delay in a verdict has never been explained."

NPR's Leila Fadel reports for our Newscast division that Iran has released no details about the ruling. It could still be appealed, according to the Iranian Judiciary spokesman.

She also noted the symbolic importance of the Iranian-American's case. "Rezaian has become a poster child for press freedom in Iran, where there is basically none," Leila says.

The Washington Post executive editor Martin Baron issued a statement Sunday saying Rezaian's prosecution "has been anything but transparent and just, and that pattern persists. The only thing that is clear is Jason's innocence.

"Now is the time for Iran's senior leaders to end this 'judicial process,' with its sick brew of farce and tragedy," Baron continued, reiterating his calls for Rezaian's release.

The Post has collected their coverage and commentary on Rezaian's case here.

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