Brother of WaPo Journalist Held in Iran: 'It's Taken a Huge Toll on Him'
The brother of a Washington Post journalist detained in Iran said that his brother has been formally charged by the government.
Iranian-American journalist Jason Rezaian has been held since July 22, 2014. At the time, he was imprisoned with his wife, reporter Yeganeh Salehi, and two photojournalists, but they have all been released.
His brother, Ali Rezaian, told Greta Van Susteren tonight during "On The Record" that his brother has been charged with espionage, collaboration with hostile powers, circulating propaganda and collecting and disseminating information.
Ali Rezaian said that his brother has been "virtually in solitary confinement" and that he has had multiple infections, which have gone untreated for months.
"In addition to that, he's got severe depression," Ali Rezaian said. "It's been such a long time. He knows that he's been held twice as long as any prior foreign journalist and it's just taken a huge toll on him."
He also shared that his brother has lost between 45 to 50 pounds.
"As you pointed out, they say he's an Iranian citizen, but they're not giving him the rights of an Iranian citizen," he remarked. "They've been disregarding all of their legal process and have held him virtually in limbo since the beginning."
Ali Rezaian said that there's no evidence to support the Iranian government's claims against his brother.
Watch the full video above.
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