- The Washington Times - Saturday, April 18, 2009

PORT-OF-SPAIN, TRINIDAD (AP) - The White House says President Barack Obama is “deeply disappointed” by Iran’s sentencing of an American journalist.

A lawyer for journalist Roxana Saberi said Saturday the 31-year-old dual American-Iranian citizen was convicted of spying and sentenced to eight years in prison.

Obama’s deputy national security adviser, Denis McDonough, says Saberi is an American reporter who was simply practicing journalism. The U.S. is working with Swiss diplomats in Iran to get details about the court’s decision and to ensure Saberi’s well-being.

Saberi first was accused of working without press credentials and arrested in late January. This month, an Iranian judge charged her with spying for the United States.

THIS IS A BREAKING NEWS UPDATE. Check back soon for further information. AP’s earlier story is below.



WASHINGTON (AP) _ Secretary of State Hillary Rodham Clinton says she’s “deeply disappointed” by Iran’s sentencing of an American journalist.

A lawyer for journalist Roxana Saberi said Saturday the 31-year-old dual American-Iranian citizen was convicted of spying and sentenced to eight years in prison.

Clinton said in a statement the U.S. is working with Swiss diplomats in Iran to get details about the court’s decision and to ensure Saberi’s well-being. Clinton said the U.S. will “vigorously raise our concerns” with the Tehran government. She says Saberi was in Iran to learn more about her cultural heritage.

Saberi was arrested in late January. She first was accused of working without press credentials. But this month, an Iranian judge charged her with spying for the United States.

Lawyer Abdolsamad Khorramshahi said he would appeal the verdict.

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