An Iranian court will hold a third hearing for a Washington Post journalist facing a closed-door trial on charges that include espionage, an Iranian report said Tuesday.
The official Islamic Republic News Agency, citing a source within Iran’s judiciary, did not give a date for the next court session for Jason Rezaian, whose more than 10-month detention has drawn denunciations from press freedom groups and the State Department.
Rezaian, who has dual U.S. and Iranian nationality, has strongly denied the allegations. On Monday, he offered a direct defense to the judge in Tehran’s Revolutionary Court, Iranian news agencies reported.
Rezaian’s attorney, Leila Ahsan, is barred under Iranian law from revealing details about closed-door proceedings. The lack of public access to Rezaian’s trial — which began in late May — has been sharply criticized by The Post and others.
The claims against Rezaian appear to include a visit he made to a U.S. Consulate seeking a visa for his Iranian wife and a letter he wrote seeking a job in the new Obama administration in 2008 — material that was apparently taken from his confiscated laptop.
The 39-year-old Rezaian, the Tehran bureau chief for The Post, was taken into custody last July along with his wife, Yeganeh Salehi, a correspondent for The National newspaper in Abu Dhabi.
Salehi was later released on bail. A photojournalist also faces charges related to the case.
Rezaian’s mother, Mary Breme Rezaian, has been in Tehran for nearly a month and has been allowed to see her son twice during brief and monitored visits, the family said. She was not allowed in the courtroom Monday.