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Klobuchar statement on U.S. journalist held in Iran


WASINGTON, D.C. — Sen. Amy Klobuchar, D-Minn., said this weekend that she would continue to work to free an American journalist recently convicted of espionage and sentenced to eight years in prison in Iran.

“This is an injustice, plain and simple,” Klobuchar said in a statement this weekend. “This young American journalist should not be used as a pawn in an international game.”

The journalist, Roxana Saberi, grew up in Fargo, N.D., and graduated from Concordia College in Moorhead. She had been living in Iran for the past six years, reporting for National Public Radio and the BBC, and planned to return to the United States this year.
Saberi, 31, was charged with spying for the U.S. government in a one-day trial that was conducted behind closed doors.

“I will continue to push for Roxana Saberi’s release using every means available, including the State Department and the United Nations,” said Klobuchar. “We must end this injustice and allow Roxana Saberi to return home.”

Stories on the case are here and here.