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Updated May 10 2009 – The Iranian appeals court has suspended Roxana Saberi’s 8 year jail sentence. The Iranian appeals court reduced Ms Saberi’s 8 years to 2 years and gave her a suspended jail sentence. Ms Roxana Saberi was released from jail on Monday, May 11.

Roxana Saberi has been allowed to leave Iran immediately. Ms Saberi will be banned working as a reporter in Iran for 5 years.

Updated on April 18, 2009.

Roxana Saberi’s lawyer, Abdolsamad Khorramshahi, said on Saturday, April 18, that Ms Saberi has been sentenced to 8 years in prison.

On Monday, April 13, Saberi was tried in a court behind closed doors. Saberi had a quick trial that lasted one day. Saberi was charged with spying for the US and was convicted. The US has called the charges as baseless and demanded the safe return of Saberi.

Posted on March 1, 2009.

Roxana Saberi, 31, had been working in Tehran, Iran, for 6 years. Saberi is a freelance journalist. Saberi reported for new media like NPR and BBC. Saberi was from Fargo North High School and Concordia College. Saberi is now jailed. Saberi was arrested about 1 month ago. Since then, Saberi has been interrogated many times.

Saberi’s father, Reza Saberi, 67,said he is worried about his only daughter. Mr Saberi said he is concerned about where the Iranians are detaining Roxana, what they are doing to her and why Roxana is being targeted. Mr and Mrs Saberi have not seen Roxana since Aug 2008.

Roxana’s mother is Akiko Saberi. Mrs Saberi, 63, was from Japan. Mrs Saberi said her daughter desired to learn about different parts of the world. Roxana used to call her parents in North Fargo daily. Ms Saberi sometimes used the computer to talk to her parents.

On Jan 31, Roxana Saberi failed to contact her parents. Ten days later, Roxana Saberi called her parents. Ms Saberi told her parents she was arrested for buying a bottle of wine. Her parents disbelieve this. Two days later, Ms Saberi phoned her parents to plead with them not to do anything.

Mr Saberi said he suspected Roxana was being censored because Iran did not promote free speech. Mr Saberi and the NPR has asked the State Department and press to highlight her case and help secure her release.

Roxana Saberi story link. This link contains pictures of Roxana Saberi.

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