Partner Writes Loving Plea for Saberi's Release

Iranian filmmaker worried about jailed fiancee's health
By Katherine Thompson,  Newser Staff
Posted Apr 22, 2009 8:59 AM CDT
Jane Voglewede and Karen Mailloux tie a ribbon in support of journalist Roxana Saberi, a dual American-Iranian citizen Monday, April 20, 2009, near the home of Saberi's parents.   (AP Photo/The Forum, Michael Vosburg)
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(Newser) – A decorated Iranian film director who describes himself as Roxana Saberi's fiance has written an open letter protesting her imprisonment, the BBC reports. "I beg you not to throw her in the midst of your political games!" Bahman Ghobadi writes in his impassioned plea. "She is too weak and too pure to take part in your games."

"My letter is a desperate call to all statesmen, and to all those who can do something to help," Ghobadi writes. He says that far from spying on her country, Saberi was working on a book praising Iran. "The Americans have protested against her imprisonment, because she is an American citizen. But I say no, she is Iranian, she loves Iran."