WASHINGTON, D.C. — An American journalist recently convicted of espionage and sentenced to eight years in prison in Iran has been released, according to her lawyer.
The journalist, Roxana Saberi, grew up in Fargo, N.D., and had been in detention for nearly three months. Sen. Amy Klobuchar, D-Minn., was one of a number of lawmakers who had worked to have Saberi released.
In a statement, Klobuchar said, “I am glad this injustice has been reversed and Roxana Saberi is now free to return home. Her arrest and imprisonment provoked a worldwide response. The government of Iran should never have used this young American journalist as a pawn in their international game.”
In recent weeks, Klobuchar had worked closely with the U.S. Department of State on freeing Saberi, according to the senator’s office. Klobuchar also sent a letter to the secretary general of the United Nations in March, urging him to intervene with the government of Iran to secure the immediate release of Saberi.
Saberi, a 32-year-old American-Iranian national who graduated from Concordia College in Moorhead, had been living in Iran for the past six years reporting for National Public Radio and the BBC. She had planned to return to the United States this year.