Just in from the BBC, news that imprisoned American Roxana Saberi will be set free some time today–in fact, may already be free:
A court in Iran has cut US-Iranian reporter Roxana Saberi’s jail sentence to two years suspended, and will free her later on Monday, her lawyer says.
The court heard Ms Saberi’s appeal against her original eight-year prison sentence on Sunday, after an international outcry.
She will be able to leave the country but has been banned from working as a journalist in Iran for five years.
Ms Saberi was convicted of spying for the US in April but denies the charge.
Ironically, her initial “trial” lasted only an hour, while her “appeal” lasted nearly five hours, and she was allowed 30 minutes with her lawyer prior to the appeal.
I rejoice that Ms. Saberi will be released and will soon be with her parents.
But I can’t help but wonder how this positions America in the eyes of Iran and the entire Middle East. Was it Teheran’s dismay at Obama’s and Hillary’s “deep” and “grave” concern about the situation that let Ms. Saberi out of the notorious Evin Prison? Or did the Iranian government get something more valuable out of playing—and playing well—the quid pro quo game? We may never know.
Welcome home, Roxana Saberi!