The Iran Deal

How Jason Rezaian’s Conviction Is a Warning to Iran’s President Rouhani – Haleh Esfandiari

The “press conference” at which Iran’s conviction of Washington Post correspondent Jason Rezaian was announced reflected the indifference to even the pretense of transparency that has characterized this case from the start. When Gholam Hossein Mohseni Ejei, the spokesman for the judiciary, informed Iranian state television that Mr. Rezaian had been found guilty of espionage, he said he did not know details of the journalist’s sentence. It is difficult to believe that Mr. Ejei, a former minister of intelligence, lacked this information.

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