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Iran Urged To Release Saberi


Tehran's deputy prosecutor Hassan Haddad has reportedly said the Iranian government will soon release Roxana Saberi, an American journalist who has been detained for more than a month by Iranian authorities. She is being held in Tehran's Evin prison on unspecified charges. The U.S. has called for her immediate release.

During her detention, Ms. Saberi has been visited twice by her Iranian lawyer. Because the U.S. and Iran have no formal diplomatic relations, the U.S. has been working through the Swiss Embassy to request information concerning Ms. Saberi's well being and to urge the Iranian government to grant the Swiss consular access to the prisoner, in addition to continued access to legal counsel.

Ms. Saberi's detention is being monitored by a number of international news organizations and the highest levels of the U.S. government.

On March 5, Secretary of State Hillary Rodham Clinton expressed her deep concern over Ms. Saberi's plight:

"We believe there is only one outcome to this matter, and that is for her to be released as soon as possible to return home to her family in North Dakota. And we hope and expect that we will receive an affirmative response along those lines from the Iranian government."

Secretary of State Clinton said, "We are going to use every tool at our disposal to try to bring her home."
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