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Iran’s Revolutionary Court will review case of detained Post reporter

Washington Post | al Arabiya English

The case of detained Washington Post reporter Jason Rezaian will be handled by Tehran’s Revolutionary Court, a move that sets the stage for further review, The Washington Post reported Wednesday.

The Revolutionary Court, which “handles the country’s most sensitive cases” has the power to subject Rezaian’s case to further scrutiny before scheduling a trial, according to The Washington Post.

Iran’s foreign minister, Javad Zarif, told al Arabiya English Wednesday that Rezaian’s case was “a judicial matter,” and that the government was “doing its best” to intervene on his behalf.

Rezaian, who was arrested with his wife in July, was formally charged in December, although the court has not made the charges public. He has not been told what he’s charged with, but the accusations relate to “activities outside the bounds of journalism,” according to The Washington Post.

Renizan was arrested with his wife, Yeganeh Salehi, along with another photojournalist and her husbamd. Salehi was freed in October, more than a month after the photojournalist and her husband.

Thirty-three journalists were jailed in Iran during 2014, the second-most of any country worldwide, according to data from the Committee to Protect Journalists.

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