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Brother of WaPo Journalist Held in Iran: 'It's Taken a Huge Toll on Him'


It’s been nearly 500 days since Iranian authorities first detained Washington Post reporter Jason Rezaian, and his family says they still haven’t been told what he was convicted of.

A judiciary spokesman this weekend reportedly announced that a court had sentenced the American journalist to a prison term.

Rezaian, who is accused of espionage and “circulating propaganda,” has been held since last July in one of the country’s toughest prisons.

This latest announcement means “almost nothing,” says his brother, Ali Rezaian.

Officials have still not explained exactly “what he was convicted of,” or “how long the conviction is for,” Ali told Jenna Lee this morning.

In addition, they haven’t even spoken to Jason or his lawyer, “or anybody else about any more specifics,” Ali added.

“We really haven’t gotten any clarity,” he continued. “What we do know is that Iran still doesn’t feel like they need to release Jason.”

“They’ve never produced any evidence that he did anything wrong,” said Ali. “There’s no reason he should have been held for a day, let alone now almost 500.”

Watch the full interview above.


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