Iran vows fair review in spy case

The Associated PressMay 4, 2009 

— Iran's foreign minister assured his visiting Japanese counterpart that the case of an American journalist imprisoned in Tehran for allegedly spying for the United States will get a fair review on appeal.

Foreign Minister Manouchehr Mottaki said the appeal of the journalist, Roxana Saberi, 32, will be "reviewed justly and humanely." He and Japan's Hirofumi Nakasone spoke at a joint news conference.

Saberi, a dual Iranian-American citizen, was born in the United States and grew up in Fargo, N.D. . She was sentenced last month to eight years in prison. Her case has raised an international outcry, and her lawyer in Iran has appealed the verdict.

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