Monday, April 20, 2009

Secretary Clinton on Behalf of Roxana Saberi: “She Should be Freed Immediately”

In this AP report, both Secretary of State Hillary Clinton and President Obama appear to have influenced more positive developments in the case of journalist Roxana Saberi who was recently sentenced to eight years in prison in Iran:

TEHRAN, Iran — Iran's judiciary ordered a full investigation Monday into the case of an American journalist imprisoned for allegedly spying for the U.S. and allowed the woman's parents to visit her for the first time since she was sentenced to eight years in prison.

The developments in the case of Roxana Saberi appear to be the latest signs that some senior Iranian officials want to ensure tensions over the case do not derail moves toward a dialogue with the Obama administration to break a 30-year diplomatic deadlock between the two countries.

In Washington, Secretary of State Hillary Rodham Clinton renewed calls for Iran to release Saberi said she hoped for positive action from the judiciary chief's investigation order.

"We believe she should be freed immediately, that the charges against her are baseless and that she has been subjected to a process that has been non-transparent, unpredictable (and) arbitrary," Clinton told reporters.

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