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It has now been 500 days since Iranian authorities first detained Washington Post reporter Jason Rezaian, and his family says they're still trying to figure out the details behind his recent prison sentence.

Iranian officials announced about two weeks ago that a court had sentenced the American journalist to an unspecified prison term.

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

His brother, Ali Rezaian, told Jenna Lee this afternoon that Jason is "very depressed" right now and the lack of information has been "torturous" for the family.

He said that Jason, a dual U.S.-Iranian citizen, has now been held in Iran for four times longer than any Western journalist previously. 

"There's no way we could have imagined it. ... I'm numb," said Rezaian, adding that their mother has been able to see and talk with Jason in Iran.

A petition to the United Nations to free Jason has garnered more than 530,000 signatures in the past year. Rezaian, along with journalism advocates, delivered the signatures to the U.N. 

Rezaian said they're going through the U.N. because it's the only international organization that Tehran is a part of. 

Watch the full interview above.


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