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Detained Washington Post reporter's lawyer in Iran asks for his release

Detained Washington Post reporter's lawyer in Iran asks for his release

The lawyer of detained Washington Post reporter Jason Rezaian said Tuesday her client should be freed in the wake of the nuclear deal between Iran and world powers, Iranian media reported. Both the semi-official Fars and Tasnim news agencies quoted Rezaian's defense lawyer, Leila Ahsan, as saying Iran's new penal code also meant the Iranian-American journalist should be freed. Ahsan did not elaborate, but new laws in Iran bar those on trial for charges other than murder from being in detention for more than a year before a verdict. Rezaian, held for more than a year, reportedly faces up to 10 to 20 years in prison if convicted in his closed-door trial in Tehran's...

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