The Continuing Saga Of Roxana Saberi

by Pejman Yousefzadeh on May 7, 2009

saberi4501Her case is now going before an appellate court. I don’t pretend to know what will happen; I could just as easily see the appellate court offering some kind of leniency in order to get Iran out of a diplomatic jam with the United States, as I could see the court confirming the sentence, thus allowing the regime to claim that Saberi had every avenue of appeal open to her, tried every avenue, and had the validity of the sentence confirmed.

Them’s the breaks when dealing with authoritarian regimes, of course. One has no idea what to expect.

I continue to be shocked that there may be factions in Iran willing to risk the opportunity for rapprochement with the United States over this kind of false charge. But I guess I shouldn’t be. The fundamentalists in the regime not only show themselves to be unworthy of the Iranian people, they show themselves to be impervious to any kind of logic.

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