Iran says conviction of US reporter not yet legally binding

The conviction on espionage and anti-Iranian propaganda charges imposed on 39-year-old US reporter Jason Rezaian in October is not yet legally binding, Prosecutor General Gholam-Hossein Mohseni-Ejei said on Sunday.

"Therefore the sentencing cannot yet be carried out," Mohseni-Ejei said in remarks carried by Fars news agency.

Rezaian, the Washington Post's Iran correspondent, is alleged to have passed on information to the White House through a US journalist. He denies the charges, saying he was merely carrying our his duties as a journalist in Iran.

Mohseni-Ejei said the United States had proposed a prisoner swap for Rezaian, but he did not say whether Iran would accept such a move.

It is believed that Rezaian will be given a prison sentence, but neither his lawyer not the journalist himself have received notification of this.

The US has described the charges as absurd and has demanded Rezaian's immediate release.

Last update: Tue, 28/06/2016 - 17:25

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