The mother of Washington Post correspondent Jason Rezaian, who is facing espionage and security charges in Iran, says her son is paying the price for ''paranoia'' between the U.S. and Iran, as his trial continues. Havovi Cooper reports.
Jason Rezaian, a Washington Post reporter detained for allegedly spying in Iran… back in court on Monday. Rezaian's lawyer indicating that today's hearing will likely be the journalist's final chance to defend himself- in what has so far been a closed-door trial. His mother calling for justice outside the Tehran court. (SOUNDBITE) (English) MARY REZAIAN, MOTHER OF JASON REZAIAN, SAYING: "This case is not about what Jason did. This is a political case - political issues between the United States and Iran. Jason is a dual citizen and he is paying the price of the suspicion, the animosity and the paranoia between the two countries for more than 37 years." Reziaian's case has drawn widespread attention… with the Obama administration saying it will not relent until Iran frees Rezaian and two other Americans being detained there. The American journalist has already been behind bars for over a year and has reportedly lost nearly 40 pounds in prison. If convicted in by Iran's Revolutionary Court, Rezaian could face up another 20 years in prison. A verdict could to be issued by next Monday.