Iran's foreign minister assured his visiting Japanese counterpart that the case of an American journalist imprisoned in Teheran for allegedly spying for the United States will get a fair review on appeal.
Foreign Minister Manouchehr Mottaki said 32-year-old Roxana Saberi's appeal will be "reviewed justly and humanely." He spoke at a joint news conference Saturday with Japan's Hirofumi Nakasone, who expressed concern over the case during his visit to Iran.
Saberi, a dual Iranian-American citizen, was born in Fargo, North Dakota. Her father is Iranian and her mother is Japanese. She was arrested in January in Tehran and sentenced last month to eight years in prison after a one-day trial behind closed doors. Her case has raised an international outcry and her lawyer in Iran has appealed the verdict.
Saberi's father, who is in Iran with her mother trying to persuade the government to release Saberi, said last week she had gone on a hunger strike after she was convicted and has since become "very weak." Iran's judiciary denies she is on hunger strike.