Washington Post reporter Jason Rezaian sentenced to unspecified prison term in Iran after being found guilty of espionage

  • Jason Rezaian and his wife were detained in July, 2014. She was released
  • He was found guilty of spying last month after four closed-door hearings
  • Iranian media revealed prison term on Sunday, no time period confirmed
  • He has U.S. and Iranian passports, Iran doesn't recognize dual citizenship

Washington Post reporter Jason Rezaian has been sentenced to an unspecified prison term in Iran.

Rezaian, the paper's Tehran bureau chief who has U.S. and Iranian citizenship, was found guilty of espionage last month after four closed-door court hearings.

The California native was detained with his wife Yeganeh Salehi and two photojournalists on July 22, 2014. Salehi and the photographers were later released.

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Washington Post reporter Jason Rezaian (right) has been sentenced to jail after being convicted of spying. He was detained in July 2014 with wife Yeganeh Salehi (left), also a journalist. She was released but faces charges

Washington Post reporter Jason Rezaian (right) has been sentenced to jail after being convicted of spying. He was detained in July 2014 with wife Yeganeh Salehi (left), also a journalist. She was released but faces charges

'Serving a jail term is in Jason Rezaian's sentence but I cannot give details,' government spokesman Gholamhossein Mohseni Ejei told journalists on Sunday. 

Last month, Ejei revealed Rezaian had been convicted but gave no further details. 

At the time, he said the reporter had 20 days to appeal against the verdict. 

The Post and his family denounced the charges against Rezaian as absurd. 

Iran does not recognize dual citizenship.

Rezaian, who grew up in California's Marin County, has been referred to as an 'American spy' in Iranian media, with reports claiming he plans to 'overthrow' the current regime. 

His indictment accused him of collecting information on Iranians and passing it to the U.S. government. 

Rezaian, who was born and raised in California, faced charges including espionage in a closed-door trial that has been widely criticized by the U.S. government. Pictured: His brother Ali address the National Press Club

Rezaian, who was born and raised in California, faced charges including espionage in a closed-door trial that has been widely criticized by the U.S. government. Pictured: His brother Ali address the National Press Club

Rezaian's wife, Yeganeh, and mother, Mary, a Revolutionary Court building in Tehran on August 10 this year

Rezaian's wife, Yeganeh, and mother, Mary, a Revolutionary Court building in Tehran on August 10 this year

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