Statement from Martin Baron, Washington Post executive editor, on the trial of Jason Rezaian in Tehran:

“After nearly two months of slow-motion judicial process, there are indications from Tehran that the closed-door trial of Washington Post correspondent Jason Rezaian might finally be nearing its end. Jason’s lawyer, Leila Ahsan, has said that Iranian authorities have told her that the next hearing will “almost certainly” be the last, though no date has yet been set.

It is long past time for the Iranian authorities to bring this process to an end. The proceeding began on May 25, ten months after Jason was detained, and to date it has included only three sessions, whose details remain secret. There can be no reason for further delay. The charges that Jason faces, including espionage, are grave; they also could not be more ludicrous. Any fair outcome would clear Jason of these manufactured charges so that he can be released and reunited with his family.”