By Ali Rezaian, Special for USDR
Recent news reports have indicated that my brother, Washington Post reporter Jason Rezaian, was found guilty of charges against him. Our mother, Jason’s wife, and Jason’s lawyer went to court today to seek clarification on any verdict in his case. In just the latest cruel step in the outrageous legal process that Jason has been subjected to since his incarceration over 14 months ago, they were provided no further information under the guise of a translator not being available. As a consequence, at this point we still have no clarity regarding Jason’s fate. Should the verdict be anything other than a full exoneration, we will appeal and seek the justice that Jason deserves.
“Today’s events are just the latest in what has long been a travesty of justice and an ongoing nightmare for Jason and our family. This follows an unconscionable pattern by Iranian authorities of silence, obfuscation, delay and a total lack of adherence to international and Iranian law. To this day, the Iranian government has provided no proof of the trumped up charges against Jason.
“While the verdict in his case remains unclear, there is much about Jason we know for certain. Jason was simply a journalist doing his job and following all the rules when he was wrongly arrested and imprisoned in Tehran’s infamous Evin prison. He is an innocent man that has been kept under harsh conditions to the detriment of his health and well-being for nearly 450 days. There is worldwide condemnation for the Iranian government’s unlawful detention of Jason and calls from across the globe for his immediate release. We remain hopeful that Jason will soon be released and reunited with our family. ”
SOURCE Ali Rezaian