Jason Rezaian, an American journalist convicted on espionage charges in Iran, is ''terribly depressed,'' his brother, Ali Rezaian tells Reuters. Rezaian says his mother has spoken to Jason since his conviction. Rough cut (no reporter narration).
ROUGH CUT (NO REPORTER NARRATION). Jason Rezaian, who has been convicted on espionage charges and continues to be jailed in Iran, is "terribly depressed," his brother, Ali Rezaian, tells Reuters. A court in Iran convicted the Washington Post reporter, Iran's ISNA news agency said on Sunday, but the U.S. newspaper said Tehran was working a political angle by not disclosing details. Rezaian was working as the Tehran correspondent for The Washington Post when he was arrested in July 2014. Iran accused Rezaian, age 39, of collecting confidential information and giving it to hostile governments, writing a letter to U.S. President Barack Obama and acting against national security. The Washington Post and his family denounced the charges against Rezaian, who holds both U.S. and Iranian citizenship, as absurd. Rezaian had 20 days to appeal the verdict, the Iranian news service ISNA cited a judiciary spokesman as saying.