Lawyer Expects 'Fundamental Changes' in Saberi Sentence

Appeals court to issue verdict in next few days
By Drew Nelles,  Newser Staff
Posted May 10, 2009 1:59 PM CDT
A member of Reporters Without Borders holds a placard with the picture of American journalist Roxana Saberi jailed in Iran, outside the Iran Air office in Paris Tuesday, April 28, 2009.   (AP Photo/Michel Euler)
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(Newser) – The lawyer for jailed American-Iranian journalist Roxana Saberi is confident his client’s 8-year sentence will be “substantially” reduced, Reuters reports. An Iranian appeals court is expected to issue its verdict soon after today’s closed-door hearing. Saberi was convicted of spying for the United States, an accusation Reporters Without Borders says is intended to intimidate journalists before this summer’s elections. "I'm hopeful and optimistic that there will be fundamental changes in the sentence," Saberi’s lawyer says.