UPDATED: Jason Rezaian, Amir Hekmati, 32, of Flint, Mich., and Saeed Abedini, 35, of Boise, Idaho and Robert A. Levinson, 67, are going to die because Obama did not demand their release during his very shitty “deal with Iran.” Jason’s final “trial” is Monday. Please tweet @POTUS and let him know what you think, maybe he will care.
If you watch Anthony Bourdain’s CNN show, Parts Unknown you may have seen the compelling episode about Iran. In the course of that episode, he interviewed a very charming couple. The man, Jason Rezaian is a Washington Post reporter and a dual citizen of both the US and Iran, and wife, Yeganeh Salehi, is an Iranian. Shortly after the taping of the show, both were imprisoned. Yegi was eventually released but Jason has been imprisoned for nearly a year. He has several medical needs and has had limited care and food.
Today the New York Times released a new story on the situation and his situation remains very grim. Despite numerous attempts by the US to have him released, the outlook is not good. I thought I would share an excerpt of the latest story below for those who are interested.
Ignoring foreign requests for court access, the Iranian judge presiding over the espionage case against Jason Rezaian, the Washington Post reporter imprisoned for 10 months, has barred everyone except the defendant and his lawyer, Mr. Rezaian’s brother said Monday on the eve of the trial.
Not even Mr. Rezaian’s mother and wife, who as of last week had been led to believe they would be allowed to attend, will be permitted in the courtroom, the brother said.
Mr. Rezaian, 39, was scheduled to appear Tuesday in the Tehran Revolutionary Court branch of Judge Abolghassem Salavati, known as “the judge of death” for tough sentences and a reputation that led the European Union to place him on a blacklist in 2011 for human rights abuses.
Mr. Rezaian’s lawyer, Leila Ahsan, expects the trial to last two to three days, the defendant’s brother, Ali Rezaian, said in a telephone interview from California, where the Rezaian family children were born and grew up.
Ali Rezaian said the lawyer had informed the family of the judge’s decision on court access early Monday. Both he and The Washington Post strongly criticized the decision, saying it only strengthened their assertions that the prosecution was groundless.
“Why is it that the trial is not public?” he said. “I don’t know the right word to say. Unconscionable.”
Martin Baron, the executive editor of The Washington Post, which had sought a visa to allow a senior editor to attend the trial, said in a statement that the request went unanswered.
“The shameful acts of injustice continue without end in the treatment of Washington Post correspondent Jason Rezaian,” Mr. Baron said. “Now we learn his trial will be closed to the world. And so it will be closed to the scrutiny it fully deserves.”
Mr. Rezaian and his wife, Yeganeh Salehi, were arrested last July in a raid on their Tehran home. Ms. Salehi was released on bail after a few months and warned not to discuss the case, while Mr. Rezaian has remained in Evin Prison, interrogated, denied medical treatment and legal counsel. He has lost more than 40 pounds.
The exact nature of the charges against him was not disclosed until last month, when Ms. Ahsan, who has been permitted to meet with Mr. Rezaian only once, said they included four counts, one of which was espionage. Please click here for the entire NYT story.