Occupation: Freelance journalist
Known for: Her imprisonment in the Evin jail of northern Tehran since February of this year, after being arrested for buying wine (which is illegal in Iran).
Eyes across the globe widened as the American journalist’s charges grew quickly–to working without a press card and then spying for Washington–and last month, she was sentenced to eight years in prison for espionage.
But today, Saberi was released.
From today’s NYT:
An Iranian-American journalist who was sentenced to eight years in jail on charges of spying for Washington was released Monday after an appeals court reduced the sentence, her lawyer said. The journalist, Roxana Saberi, will be able to leave the country, he said.
The lawyer, Saleh Nikbakht, who defended Ms. Saberi in a hearing on Sunday, said the court rejected the original jail term and issued a two-year suspended prison term in its place.
If the news alone isn’t enough to melt your heart, this photo of her relieved parents, Reza and Akiko Saberi, surely will:
Success! Now, on to the next–let’s move quickly on getting our other journalists released from North Korea.
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