Post Correspondent Permitted to Visit Family on Christmas Day
TEHRAN (Tasnim) – Jason Rezaian, the Washington Post reporter, was allowed by Iran’s judiciary system to have lunch with his family on the occasion of Christmas, his lawyer confirmed.
Leila Ahsan told the Tasnim News Agency on Saturday that Rezaian was allowed to spend two hours with his mother and wife in Evin prison under a judicial permission.
“They had lunch together on the occasion of Christmas,” she added.
On Friday, Mary Rezaian, Jason’s mother, confirmed the meeting in an email to the Washington Post, and said, "This is the first time in the year that I have been visiting him in Evin prison that I could spend an extended time there and bring him his first home cooked meal in months.”
"We had a wonderful time together reminiscing of holidays past."
Rezaian, a 39-year-old correspondent with dual Iran-US citizenships, along with his wife Yeganeh Salehi, was arrested in Tehran on July 22, 2014 on espionage charges.
Two other American citizens who work as freelance photojournalists were also detained along with them at the time. Yeganeh Salehi was released on bail in October 2014.
An indictment later issued by Tehran’s prosecutor general said Rezaian is charged with “espionage by collecting the country’s decisions on the issues of internal and foreign policy, and cooperation with hostile governments.”