Saberi Freed by Iran, United With Parents

Jailed US journalist has prison term cut to two years suspended
By Jason Farago,  Newser Staff
Posted May 11, 2009 6:17 AM CDT
Reza Saberi, father of the Iranian-American journalist Roxana Saberi, who has been convicted of spying, talks with the media during his daughter's appeal hearing in Tehran, Sunday, May 10, 2009.   (AP Photo/Vahid Salemi)
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(Newser) – Roxana Saberi, the Iranian-American reporter jailed in Tehran for the last 5 months, has been freed and reunited with her parents, the AP reports. An appeals court yesterday cut her sentence to a 2-year suspended term, down from the 8 years she was given for spying for the US. The case sparked international concern, and Saberi undertook a two-week hunger strike to protest her conviction.

She was reunited with her father and mother, who were waiting outside the prison on her release. "They left for their house," her lawyer  told the AP, and plan to leave the country in the next few days.