Reporter makes statement in Iranian court
TEHRAN, Iran - A Washington Post reporter who's been held in Iran for more than a year has made a statement in his own defense as his trial on espionage charges winds down in Tehran.
His lawyer isn't providing details of today's closed-door hearing, but she says she submitted a 20-page defense brief and also provided an oral defense of reporter Jason Rezaian (reh-ZY'-ahn). A verdict is expected in the coming days.
Today's closed-door hearing -- the fourth in the trial -- ended after a few hours devoted to the defense. Rezaian was tried by a Revolutionary Court, which hears sensitive cases, including those related to national security.
The journalist was born and spent most of his life in the United States, and holds U.S. and Iranian citizenship.
His mother, who was outside the court along with the journalist's wife, told reporters her son was innocent, a victim of the hostility between Iran and the United States dating back to the 1979 Islamic Revolution.