MUNICH — Iran’s foreign minister said Sunday that he hopes Jason Rezaian, a Washington Post correspondent who has been in jail since July, will be cleared in court.
Mohammad Javad Zarif, who was taking part in a security conference panel here, suggested that he is anticipating some clarity in Rezaian’s case. The 38-year-old reporter faces charges that still have not been made clear, along with his wife, Yeganeh Salehi, who has been released from pretrial detention.
“I’ve tried my best to help him in a humanitarian way, providing for his mother’s visit. I hope he will be cleared in a court of law. That would be a good day for me,” Zarif said, in response to a question posed by the moderator, Washington Post columnist David Ignatius. “I hope once the court process is completed, we will have a clear-cut case or we will have his acquittal.”
Rezaian’s case was recently assigned to Judge Abolghassem Salavati, who has a record of imposing long sentences, lashings and, in some cases, death for defendants — including journalists, lawyers and activists — in cases of national security.