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Clinton confirms Iranian-American journalist freed

2009-05-11 19:57:43 GMT2009-05-12 03:57:43 (Beijing Time)  Xinhua English

WASHINGTON, May 11 (Xinhua) -- The Iranian-American freelance journalist Roxana Saberi has been released from prison in Iran and would return to the United States, Secretary of State Hillary Clinton said Monday.

"I just spoke to the Swiss ambassador to the United States, who confirms as the protecting power that Roxana Saberi has been released from prison," the secretary of state told reporters at the daily press briefing.

"She is currently with her family, and will be leaving Tehran to return to the United States in the coming days," said Clinton, adding that the administration will "continue to take issue with the charges against her and the verdicts rendered."

Saberi, born in the United States and whose father is an Iranian, was arrested in Iran in late January for working in Iran without valid press credentials.

On April 18, an Iranian court sentenced Saberi eight years in prison for spying for the United States.

Both the Obama administration and international news organizations have voiced deep concerns over the sentence.

Iran's Judiciary spokesman Alireza Jamshidi said on Monday that the verdict of the previous court on Saberi has been reversed in the appeal court and she was to be freed.

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