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  • Hillary Emails: 2009 Iran Hostage Case Got Special Attention After Push from Clinton Confidante

    07/02/2015 8:10:17 AM PDT · by afraidfortherepublic · 3 replies
    PJ Media ^ | 7-2-15 | Bridget Johnson
    As the families of U.S. hostages currently held in Iran have struggled for years to rally the determination to bring their loved ones home, newly released emails from the former secretary of State reveal the infuriating truth that those with connections get their case raised to the top. In 2009, Iason Athanasiadis was covering the protests of the disputed election win of Mahmoud Ahmadinejad over Mir-Hossein Mousavi for the Washington Times. The Greek citizen was detained by Iranian authorities on June 17, 2009, as he tried to fly out of the country. Athanasiadis was thrown in Evin prison and released...
  • Jewish-American Robert Levinson not included in prisoners released from Iran

    01/19/2016 7:16:23 PM PST · by Hoodat · 15 replies
    Jerusalem Post ^ | 01/17/2016 | JTA Staff
    WASHINGTON - Jewish-American Robert Levinson was not included in a prisoner exchange with Iran that came as the UN nuclear watchdog confirmed Iran’s compliance with the nuclear deal and the West rolled back sanctions. Iran on Saturday released five Americans it was holding in its prisons or in detention, four of them as part of a prison swap which included the release of Jason Rezaian, a Washington Post journalist detained on espionage charges since 2014. The exchange comes on "implementation day" of the sanctions relief for nuclear restrictions deal Iran concluded last year with the United States and five other...
  • Dollars for Hostages

    01/21/2016 5:05:35 AM PST · by Kaslin · 1 replies
    Townhall.com ^ | January 21, 2016 | Cal Thomas
    Every American should be glad that American hostages have been freed by the tyrannical Iranian regime and are being reunited with family, friends and co-workers. Less satisfying is the return of Iran's $400 million trust fund, used to buy military equipment, which was frozen in 1979, along with its diplomatic relations with the U.S. (plus what President Obama ludicrously called "appropriate interest" of $1.3 billion), all returned to what the U.S. State Department branded the world's "preeminent sponsor of terrorism." Expecting Iran to use this windfall for purposes other than terrorism would be like expecting a kidnapper to donate the...
  • BREAKING: Saeed Abedini, WaPo Reporter Among 4 US Prisoners Released from Iran

    01/16/2016 12:42:30 PM PST · by Kaslin · 18 replies
    Townhall.com ^ | January 16, 2016 | Leah Barkoukis
    Some incredible news Saturday morning out of Iran, if you can believe it: The nation has released 4 U.S. prisoners, according to FARS, Iran's semi-official news agency. Among those released are Christian pastor Saeed Abedini, Washington Post journalist Jason Rezaian, Marine veteran Amir Hekmati, and Nosratollah Khosrawi. They were all being held on various charges. "Based on an approval of the Supreme National Security Council (SNSC) and the general interests of the Islamic Republic, four Iranian prisoners with dual-nationality were freed today within the framework of a prisoner swap deal," the Tehran prosecutor's said, the news agency reports. Their release...
  • Iran Reportedly Frees 4 U.S. Prisoners, Including Jason Rezaian, in Swap

    01/16/2016 6:54:16 AM PST · by kristinn · 43 replies
    CNN ^ | Saturday, January 16, 2016 | Michael Pearson
    Iran has freed four prisoners from the United States, including Washington Post journalist Jason Rezaian, Iran's semi-official FARS news agency reported Saturday, quoting Tehran's prosecutor. According to FARS, it has freed Rezaian, Marine veteran Amir Hekmati and Christian pastor Saeed Abedini, who had been held on various charges. The news agency did not name the fourth person released. The release is part of a prisoner swap deal in which the United States reportedly freed six Iranian-Americans held on charges related to sanctions against Iran, FARS said.
  • Iranian court sentences Washington Post reporter Rezaian to prison

    11/22/2015 5:29:24 AM PST · by Fali_G · 9 replies
    Reuters via The Foreign Desk blog ^ | 11/22/15 | (Reporting by Dubai Newsroom, Lesley Wroughton and Doina Chiacu in Washington; Writing by Sami Abou
    A court in Iran has sentenced Washington Post reporter Jason Rezaian to an unspecified prison term, the state news agency IRNA said on Sunday, quoting the judiciary spokesman. "Serving a jail term is in Jason Rezaian's sentence but I cannot give details," IRNA quoted the spokesman, Gholamhossein Mohseni Ejei, as telling journalists during a weekly news conference in Tehran.
  • New statement from Martin Baron on The Post’s Jason Rezaian (guilty verdict by Iranian regime)

    10/12/2015 7:15:00 AM PDT · by Isara · 3 replies
    Washington Post ^ | October 12, 2015 | WashPostPR
    Statement from Martin Baron, Washington Post executive editor: The guilty verdict announced by Iran in the trial of The Washington Post’s Jason Rezaian represents an outrageous injustice. Iran has behaved unconscionably throughout this case, but never more so than with this indefensible decision by a Revolutionary Court to convict an innocent journalist of serious crimes after a proceeding that unfolded in secret, with no evidence whatsoever of any wrongdoing. For now, no sentence has been announced. We are working with Jason’s family and Iranian counsel to pursue an immediate appeal, and we expect Jason’s lawyer, Leila Ahsan, also to petition...
  • Iran says verdict reached on Washington Post correspondent

    10/11/2015 9:33:21 AM PDT · by Dave346 · 8 replies
    The Washington Post ^ | October 11 at 9:45 AM | Carol Morello
    An Iranian judiciary spokesman said Sunday that a verdict has been reached in the espionage case of Washington Post reporter Jason Rezaian, though he offered no details and it was uncertain what the verdict is and whether there is a sentence. “The ruling on this case has been issued,” Gholamhossein Mohseni Ejei said in a regularly scheduled televised news conference. “There is still the possibility of this ruling being appealed, and it is not final.” “We’ve seen the news reports concerning a verdict in the case of U.S. citizen Jason Rezaian, but have not yet seen any official confirmation or...
  • New statement from Martin Baron ahead of Jason Rezaian’s trial in Iran (Washington Post is outraged)

    05/25/2015 5:25:21 PM PDT · by Dave346 · 8 replies
    The Washington Post ^ | May 25 at 10:30 AM | Martin Baron
    Statement from Washington Post Executive Editor Martin Baron ahead of Jason Rezaian’s trial in Iran: The shameful acts of injustice continue without end in the treatment of Washington Post correspondent Jason Rezaian. Now we learn his trial will be closed to the world. And so it will be closed to the scrutiny it fully deserves. It’s worth recalling what kind of system we’re dealing with. Jason was arrested without charges. He was imprisoned in Iran’s worst prison. He was placed in isolation for many months and denied medical care he needed. His case was assigned to a judge internationally notorious...
  • Scott Walker blames Obama, Clinton for world violence - meets with family of Iranian hostage

    05/04/2015 11:59:18 PM PDT · by Cincinatus' Wife · 8 replies
    CNN ^ | May 4, 2015 | Ashley Killough
    <p>Novi, Michigan(CNN)Gov. Scott Walker on Monday sought to use President Barack Obama's slipping popularity on foreign policy issues as a punching bag and sought to bolster his own credentials ahead of a likely presidential bid.</p> <p>Speaking in Novi, Michigan, the Wisconsin Republican rallied around the plight of a Michigan man who has been held hostage in Iran since 2011 and blasted Obama for failing to do enough on the missing man's behalf--as well as failing to ward off attacks by Islamic terrorists around the world.</p>
  • Kirk, Rubio Condemn Iranian Espionage Charges against Washington Post Reporter

    04/21/2015 1:45:00 PM PDT · by Dave346 · 7 replies
    kirk.senate.gov ^ | Monday, Apr 20, 2015 | Senator Kirk, Senator Rubio
    WASHINGTON - U.S. Senators Mark Kirk (R-Ill.) and Marco Rubio (R-Fla.) today issued the following statement condemning the espionage charges filed by the Iranian regime against The Washington Post reporter, Jason Rezaian: “It appears that Mr. Rezaian is being persecuted because of his profession as a reporter and his American citizenship. Freedom of press is a right that should be guaranteed to all individuals regardless of their nationality. We urge the Iranian government to immediately and unconditionally release Mr. Rezaian. “This case is just the latest example of the true nature of the Iranian regime. The Obama Administration should demand...