Iran's Foreign Ministry said Monday that an Iranian-American freelance journalist who, according to her family, was detained more than a month ago, had been working in the country illegally.
Roxana Saberi's Iranian-born father, who lives in Fargo, N.D., said Sunday that his daughter has been held in Iran since Jan. 31 and that there has been no information about her fate since she called nearly three weeks ago and told him she had been detained for buying a bottle of wine.
Foreign Ministry spokesman Hassan Qashqavi said that the Ministry of Islamic Guidance and Culture had revoked Saberi's credentials in 2007. "She shouldn't have tried to gather news and information on Iran illegally," Qashqavi told reporters Monday, according to the state news agency IRNA.
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