US Releases Iran TV Anchor after 10 Days of Detention
TEHRAN (Tasnim) – The US government has released Marzieh Hashemi, Press TV’s news presenter imprisoned in the US for 10 days, her family announced.
The Iranian journalist was freed after appearing before a grand jury in Washington, DC, for a third time on Wednesday morning.
The Washington Post, citing three sources familiar with the case, said Hashemi was released from US government custody after completing her testimony before the federal jury.
In a statement, her family also confirmed her release, saying, “Marzieh Hashemi has been released from her detention without charge and is with her family in Washington DC”.
“Marzieh and her family will not allow this to be swept under the carpet. They still have serious grievances and want answers as to how this was allowed to happen,” the statement read.
“They want assurances that this won’t happen to any Muslim – or any other person – ever again”.
Hashemi’s family further referred to the “harassment of the Muslim community by the FBI”, calling on the US government to start talking about it.
Rallies are scheduled to be held in 24 cities across the globe on Friday, January 25, in support of the Iranian journalist and the US black community.
“Marzieh Hashemi will be remaining in Washington DC for the protest on Friday and calls for all cities across the world to keep their protest,” the family statement said.
Hashemi, a 59-year-old American-born Muslim convert who has lived in Iran for years, was detained at St. Louis Lambert International Airport in Missouri last Sunday while in the US to visit her ill brother and other family members.
She was transferred to a detention facility in Washington, DC, where she was initially forced to remove her hijab and only offered non-halal food.