Jason Rezaian the correspondent from the Washington Post who has been held by authorities in Iran for close to 10 months due to being charged with spying for the U.S. will have his trial start next Tuesday, announced judicial authorities through the State’s new media.
Rezaian, Yeganeh Salehi his wife, who is a journalist as well, and another defendant will stand trial in an Iranian revolutionary court. The proceedings are most likely to be held in private.
Rezaian has been accused of spying for the U.S. and conducting propaganda activities against Iran.
The latest remarks are consistent with reports in the news media of Iran that hold views that are anti-American and have called Rezaian a spy that has links to expatriates from Iran in both Europe and the U.S.
Rezaian’s lawyer is also representing Salehi and said she learned through the news media of the trial date. Leila Ahsan said the trial date was confirmed. She added that her clients were both innocent and should be acquitted. She also said that she would be asking that the trial be open but did not think that would happen.
Revolutionary courts in Iran are different from the regular courts. They rarely allow any journalists at the proceedings.
Officials in Iran previously have said that Rezaian would stand trial in the Revolutionary Court due to it being a sensitive case.
Rezaian along with his wife and a pair of photojournalists were detained in Tehran on July 22. All were eventually released with the exception of Rezaian, who was born in the U.S. spent the majority of his life there, and holds both Iranian and American citizenship.
Officials in the U.S. have pressed repeatedly for Iran to release the reporter and the other Americans who are jailed.
The Post has also criticized on repeated occasions the detention of Rezaian and the handling of the case. The newspaper alleges he was subjected to harsh interrogations as well as lengthy periods of solitary confinement.
He has only had one meeting of any substance with his lawyer to prepare for his trial.