On April 8 she was suddenly charged with espionage and on April 18, based on a closed, one day trial, Ms. Saberi was sentenced to eight years in prison for spying for the United States, a charge the White House denies as "baseless."
Amnesty International has condemned Ms. Saberi's conviction and sentencing. U.S. Secretary of State Hillary Clinton says, "she should be freed immediately." The evidence against Ms. Saberi has never been made public.
Ms. Saberi is starting her second week of a hunger strike which she plans to continue until she is released. Her family worries for her health and safety.
Ms. Saberi has been living in Iran for the past six years while reporting for National Public Radio, the BBC, ABC News and other international media outlets. (photo: National Press Photographers association)
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