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Trial Begins for Iranian-American Journalist Accused of Spying in Iran


The closed trial for Roxana Saberi began Monday in Iran's revolutionary court, which handles national security cases. An Iranian judiciary spokesman said he believes the verdict will be made in two or three weeks, BBC reports.

Saberi has been in custody in Tehran since late January. She was originally arrested for buying alcohol — a less serious accusation — but was then accused of working as a journalist without valid press credentials. Last week, Iranian prosecutors accused her of spying for the U.S.

Saberi has spent six years studying in Iran and worked as a freelance reporter for BBC, National Public Radio and Fox News. (Read all Knight Center posts about Saberi's case here.)