2nd Trial of Washington Post Reporter Held in Tehran

2nd Trial of Washington Post Reporter Held in Tehran

TEHRAN (Tasnim) - The second session of the trial of Washington Post reporter Jason Rezaian, who is in detention on espionage charges, was held behind closed doors in the Iranian capital of Tehran on Monday.

Rezaian and two other suspects in the case appeared in the court and the trial started at 10:30 a.m. local time at Branch 15 of the Revolutionary Court.

During the session, Rezaian defended himself in English. His remarks will be translated into Persian and submitted to the judge later.

No date has been announced for the next court session yet.

The first session was held in Tehran on May 26, when Rezaian and two other suspects stood trial.

Rezaian, a 39-year-old correspondent with dual Iran-US citizenships, was arrested in Tehran along with his wife Yeganeh Salehi on July 22, 2014. Two other American citizens working as freelance photojournalists were also detained along with them.

Rezaian has been The Post's correspondent in Tehran since 2012.

An indictment issued by Tehran's prosecutor general says Rezaian is charged with "espionage by collecting the country's decisions on the issues of internal and foreign policy, and cooperation with the hostile governments."

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