October 15, 2015: Iranian courts have convicted Washington Post journalist Jason Rezaian this week on charges of espionage and at least three other major crimes, announced the spokesman for Judiciary, Qolamhossein Mohseni Ejei.
Tehran Times reported that while the Revolutionary Court has not disclosed official charges against Rezaian, Iranian media say the charges are related to transfer of information to the United States Central Intelligence Agency.
In a separate report on the briefing for the Majlis National Security and Foreign Policy Committee on the captive Rezaian by the Islamic Revolution Guards Corps’ intelligence organization, the Tehran Times had said Rezaian was facing charges of espionage, collaboration with hostile governments, gathering classified information and disseminating propaganda against the Islamic Republic.
The report was presented as part of a more comprehensive announcement concerning “the enemy’s ways of damaging the pillars of the revolution including U.S. efforts to free Jason Rezaian,” the Tasnim news agency reported Sunday.
“Rezaian is an Iranian-born American and a very noteworthy figure for Americans, so much so that Americans have tried a lot to free him,” committee spokesman Nozar Shafi’ei quoted from the report.
“Rezaian has mission to propagate the point of view of that part of America’s Senate that believe if the country can retake its relations with Iran to the pre-revolution stage, it can easily overthrow the Iranian government.”