US seeking release of journalist held in IranApril 7th, 2009 - 7:40 am ICT by IANS
Washington, April 7 (DPA) A month after Iranian officials said they would soon free an Iranian-American radio reporter Roxana Saberi, Washington was still trying to obtain her release, a US official said Monday.
Saberi has been detained since the end of January in Tehran’s Evin prison.
“We continue to work to try to get her released,” US State Department deputy spokesman Robert Wood said.
The release of Saberi and an inquiry about the long-missing US citizen Robert Levinson, a former agent with the US Federal Bureau of Investigation, were the subjects of a letter given to the Iranians last week by US Secretary of State Hillary Clinton.
“The secretary in her letter … to the Iranians made very clear that we were concerned about (the Saberi) case and wanted to see it resolved,” Wood said.
Wood also called for the release of another Iranian detainee, Sylva Hartounian, an Iranian citizen of Armenian descent and employee of the nongovernmental International Research and Exchanges Board (IREX).
She was helping to administer an exchange programme on maternal and infant health in Iran, IREX said online.
Hartounian was arrested June 26, 2008, in Iran and “reportedly charged with unspecified activities” related to promoting the “so-called Velvet Revolution in Iran,” Wood said. He said that Hartounian has been sentenced to three years in prison, and that she suffers from “poor and deteriorating health.”
Wood said the charges against her were “baseless.”
“We call on Iran’s leadership to release Ms Hartounian,” he said.
IREX, which receives money from the US government, the European Commission, Britain, the United Nations and private donors, says it provides leadership for initiative such as improving education, strengthening of independent media and fostering “pluralistic civil society development.”
- US-Iranian reporter to be released soon, says Iranian judiciary - Mar 06, 2009
- Ahmadinejad urges legal rights for Iranian-American journalist - Apr 19, 2009
- Jailed Iranian-American journalist released in Iran (Lead) - May 11, 2009
- Iran's chief justice urges judiciary to consider Saberi's appeal - Apr 20, 2009
- Iran sentences US journalist to eight years in prison - Apr 18, 2009
- Released journalist leaves Iran, says US employer - May 15, 2009
- US concerned over journalist's jail sentence by Iran (Lead) - Apr 19, 2009
- Obama "disappointed" by Iran sentencing US journo - Apr 19, 2009
- Iran confirms detention of American journalist - Mar 03, 2009
- Jailed Iranian-American reporter to be released - May 11, 2009
- Saberi copied Iranian report on Iraq war: Report - May 13, 2009
- Clinton says ex-FBI agent Levinson might be held in southwest Asia - Mar 04, 2011
- Former FBI agent Levinson 'somewhere in southeast Asia': US - Mar 04, 2011
- Iran denies arrested journalist is on hunger strike - Apr 28, 2009
- Iran releases U.S. hiker Sarah Shourd on bail - Sep 14, 2010
Tags: american radio, armenian descent, deputy spokesman, european commission, federal bureau of investigation, hillary clinton, improving education, independent media, infant health, international research and exchanges board, iranian officials, iranians, irex, private donors, radio reporter, robert levinson, saberi, sylva, us secretary of state, velvet revolution