Rezaian Trial Update: Second Hearing Set for Next Week

The trial remains behind closed doors.

Jason RezaianA second hearing for imprisoned Washington Post reporter Jason Rezaian has been scheduled for next week, reported Iran’s Students News Agency (ISNA) on Wednesday.

“Jason’s second hearing will be on Monday at branch 15 of the Revolutionary court,” Leila Ahsan, Rezaian’s lawyer, told ISNA.

The trial for the Post’s Tehran bureau began on May 26 behind closed doors, despite many protests–including the newspapers’ executive editor Martin Baron, who has called the trial “contemptible prosecution.”

Rezaian, who has been charged with espionage among several other serious charges, faces up to 10 to 20 years in prison if convicted.

According to Iran’s semi-official Mehr news agency, a translated letter from Rezaian to President Barack Obama was read aloud as evidence of “collaborating with hostile governments,” in which he wrote: “In Iran, I’m in contact with simple laborers to influential mullahs.”

Rezaian has flatly rejected the charges, Mehr reported, saying “My activities were as an accredited journalist in Iran and all were legal.”

[h/t Reuters]