Ahmadinejad: Ensure Jailed Journo's Rights

Make sure Saberi can defend herself, Iran prez tells prosecutor
By Katherine Thompson,  Newser Staff
Posted Apr 19, 2009 10:46 AM CDT
In this undated photo released by the the Miss North Dakota Pageant, Roxana Saberi is shown.   (AP Photo/The Miss North Dakota Pageant, File)
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(Newser) – In connection with the case of jailed Iranian-American journalist Roxana Saberi, Mahmoud Ahmadinejad has written to Tehran's prosecutor to urge him to "make sure that the accused people will enjoy all freedoms and legal rights to defend themselves." Saberi's lawyer, who plans to appeal her 8-year sentence, approved of the president's message, Reuters reports. Saberi, 31, a freelance reporter, is accused of spying for the US.