Tuesday, May 5, 2009

Saberi Fed by IV, Looks 'Weak and Frail,' Father Says

U.S. journalist Roxana Saberi, on a hunger strike in an Iran Evin prison to protest her spying conviction, was hospitalized on Friday and fed intravenously, her father told the media today. She was later returned to her cell.

Saberi said his daughter looked "weak and frail" when he saw her yesterday.

The 32-year-old Iranian-American freelance journalist was tried and convicted during a one-day, closed-door trial on espionage charges and sentenced to eight years in prison. Saberi began her hunger strike to protest her imprisonment at Evin, which houses Iranian dissidents and political prisoners.

Iranian authorities revoked her press credentials in 2006, but Saberi continued to file short news items with permission from the government, according to the Committee to Protect Journalists.

Saberi was detained in January, although no formal charges were disclosed. On April, word emerged that she had been charged with espionage.

"Without press credentials and under the name of being a reporter, she was carrying out espionage activities," Hassan Haddad, a deputy public prosecutor, told the Iranian Students News Agency.

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