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Freed US journalist in no hurry to leave Iran

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Freed US journalist in no hurry to leave Iran


The American journalist freed from prison in Iran says she is in no hurry to leave Tehran. Roxana Saberi had her eight-year jail term for spying reduced and suspended on appeal, after an international campaign on her behalf. Facing the cameras for the first time since her release she said she is simply relieved to be free.

“I don’t have any specific plans for the moment,” she said. “I just want to be with my parents and my friends.” Saberi, who has worked for the BBC and for US National Public Radio, agreed in court that she had seen documents which she should not have. But her legal team insisted no classifed information had been passed on. Iran’s decision to free her was welcomed by President Obama as a ‘humanitarian gesture’, and a sign of potentially warmer ties between long-time foes.

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