The National Iranian American Council (NIAC) condemns the government of Iran’s dubious trial and jailing of Roxana Saberi. On Saturday, Saberi was convicted by an Iranian court on charges of espionage and given an eight-year prison sentence. No specific allegations or evidence have been made public.
“The changing rationales for her arrest and the one day secret trial seriously call into question the validity of the charges against Ms. Saberi and the fairness of her trial,” said NIAC president Trita Parsi. “This, and the countless other human rights abuses committed by Iran, are very disturbing and are of particular concern to the Iranian-American community. Iranian Americans specifically seem to have become targets of the Iranian government in recent years.”