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Former Iranian Hostage Jason Rezaian Testifies Against Iran in U.S. Court

Washington Post writer Jason Rezaian, who was held prisoner in Iran from 2014 to 2016, testified against the Iranian government in U.S. federal court on Tuesday. Rezaian is suing Iran for committing “unlawful acts of terrorism, torture, hostage taking, and other torts” against him and his family and seeks a multimillion-dollar settlement.

In this Jan. 20, 2016, file photo, Washington Post reporter Jason Rezaian waves at Landstuhl Regional Medical Center in Landstuhl, Germany. Rezaian says he was arrested by Iranian authorities, subjected to a sham trial and held for 18 months purely as a way to gain leverage over the American government …

Washington Post Reporter Jason Rezaian Sues Iran for Kidnapping, Torture

Washington Post reporter Jason Rezaian filed a federal lawsuit against the government of Iran on Monday, asserting that he was taken hostage and psychologically tortured during 18 months of captivity, to extract concessions from the U.S. government in the Iranian nuclear deal.

Freed Washington Post Tehran bureau chief Jason Rezaian speaks during the inauguration of the Washington Post Headquarters on January 28, 2016 in Washington, DC. Rezaian was released from Iran after 18 months behind bars on spying charges. / AFP / Mandel Ngan (Photo credit should read MANDEL NGAN/AFP/Getty Images)

Washington Post Reporter Sues Iran Over 544-Day Detainment

Washington Post reporter Jason Rezaian, who was detained in Iran for more than 500 days on unspecified charges, filed a lawsuit against the Iranian government Monday, accusing Tehran of using his imprisonment as a bargaining chip with the U.S.

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Kidnapped American’s Family Warns Travel to Iran Still Dangerous

Kidnapped American Robert Levinson’s son Daniel penned an op-ed for the Washington Post over the weekend, in which he warned those who would visit Iran in pursuit of business opportunities created by the nuclear deal to exercise extreme caution. “My family and I cannot emphasize enough how dangerous traveling to Iran remains,” Daniel Levinson wrote.


Iran Sentences Captive American Reporter Jason Rezaian to Prison

President Obama’s indifference toward Americans held hostage by his partners-in-peace in Tehran was stress-tested again on Sunday, as an Iranian court sentenced Washington Post reporter Jason Rezaian to prison on “espionage” charges.

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Iran: Newly-Arrested Californian Is ‘Treasure Trove’

Iran has taken another American citizen captive. On Tuesday, Iran’s state-owned IRIB news network announced that the regime had arrested Nizar Ahmad Zakka, a Lebanese-American from Riverside, California with alleged “deep ties” to the U.S. military and intelligence services on suspicion of espionage.

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U.N. Human Rights Experts Call on Iran to Release American Journalist Jason Rezaian

The Washington Post asked the United Nations to support its demand for the release of captive journalist Jason Rezaian, held prisoner for over a year by the Iranian regime on absurd charges of “espionage.” As Rezaian’s long, secret “trial” grinds on, several U.N. human-rights experts have expressed their concerns.

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American Reporter Jason Rezaian Gets a Final Hearing From His Iranian Captors

One way or the other, the “legal” ordeal of a Washington Post reporter held captive in Iran appears to be winding down. According to Washington Post executive editor Martin Baron, a final hearing in the secret “espionage” trail of Jason Rezaian was held on Monday, and will be the final hearing before a verdict is reached. Rezaian has been a already prisoner of the Iranian regime for over a year.

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The Nuclear Deal With Iran: Peace In Our Time?

As the White House hails a breakthrough in its diplomatic effort to curb Iran’s nuclear program, several under-reported facts cast a shadow over any real, or imagined, success. President Obama’s assurance that “every pathway to a nuclear weapon is cut off” for Iran flies in the face of reality.

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These are the Three American Prisoners Abandoned by the Iran Nuclear Deal

Last year, the Senate called on President Obama to “use the tools it has in pursuit of what should be a bipartisan goal: securing the release of American citizens being held as hostages by the regime in Iran.” Today, in the announcement of a nuclear deal with Iran that ignores the plight of these three hostages, the Obama administration has left behind a Christian preacher, a journalist, and a U.S. Marine.


Iran Holds US Reporter for Months Before ‘Kafkaesque’ Espionage Trial

Washington Post bureau chief Jason Rezaian has been languishing in an Iranian prison cell for nearly nine months, with only the most cursory access to legal counsel. The newspaper reports today that Rezaian is having significant problems being allowed to speak to his attorney, and will remain in prison until his trial begins for “espionage.”

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